Think big next winter!


The biggest construction trade show to be held in the South Island for seven years will be held at the Westpac Arena in Christchurch on August 13 and 14, 2008.


Over two days Southern Build 2008 will bring together more than 100 exhibitors with around 2000 key professionals from the building industry, including architects, specifiers, builders, building owners/managers, project and site managers, property developers and skilled tradespeople.


There will also be a quality seminar programme and a VIP “invite only” networking event that all exhibitors, their key clients and senior personnel can attend.


Southern Build 2008 will combine three trade exhibitions into one consolidated event. In addition to the main building show, ISN magazine has launched a safety court within Southern Build 2008, and there will also be a specialised area called Contrax specifically for construction equipment, machinery and vehicles.


BRANZ and the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) are supporting the event and providing valuable input to the seminar programme.


BRANZ marketing manager Richard Arkinsall says BRANZ is very keen to support trade shows such as this that will help promote the latest in quality products, design, technology and research, and so improve the built environment.


NZIOB southern chapter president Andrew Marshall says his members and the NZIOB are always looking for ways to improve things in the building sector, and quality trade shows can help with this.


Southern Build provides an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase the latest products, equipment and services to the construction industry.


Cupolex Building Systems general manager Tim Farman confirmed his company will be exhibiting the latest technology in manufacturing concrete slab construction, plus releasing a new unique structural dome flooring system made from recycled plastic.