Digital Construction Week (DCW) returns to London on October 26th and 27th with a key new feature – a pavilion for Britain’s biggest ever building project – HS2.
The £40bn high speed railway, which has reached the early stages of procurement, will use plenty of new technology and provide opportunities for both civils contractors and architects.
Building work on HS2 is expected to take place between 2017 and 2033. With such a long build phase, Andrew McNaughton, technical director of HS2, explained at last year’s DCW that the project will employ digital technology not yet invented.
Since last year’s event the design element of HS2 has become clearer, with a large design panel appointed. In November the project appointed a 45-strong panel, this includes prominent figures such as Nathalie de Vries of MVRDV, engineer Hanif Kara, Tate galleries director Nicholas Serota, Carol Patterson, UK director for Rem Koolhaas’ firm OMA, UK architect Glenn Howells, and Luke Pearson, co-founder of industrial design firm PearsonLloyd.
In addition to the pavilion where project opportunities for architects, contractors and IT firms will be showcased, several senior managers from HS2 will take part in DCW’s top-level thought leadership conference.
DCW launched last year, including a two-day conference/exhibition and a VIP reception at the Irish Embassy in Westminster. This year’s event will take place at the Business Design Centre in Islington.