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The industry-leading BIM Show Live conference is set to return to Newcastle in 2018 following its huge success in 2017 – further cementing NewcastleGateshead’s reputation as a leading technology hub and digital construction powerhouse.

The announcement follows the success of this year’s BIM Show Live in February which saw over 400 digital construction enthusiasts, including architects, engineers and construction professionals, travel to the North East from all over the world for the sell-out innovation in technology led show.

The two-day event, delivered by Newcastle-based BeaconHouse Events, will return to the newly renovated Grade Grade II* Listed Boiler Shop in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter for a second year.

Responsible for the show is Newcastle-based Space Group – Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital construction specialists – who after six years have brought the event back to its roots where the idea was first born.

Rob Charlton, CEO of Space Group, said:

“After several successful years in London and Manchester, it was fantastic to bring the conference back to our home town this year and in such a great venue that we have a passionate connection with.”

“BIM Show Live 2017 was a significant achievement and one we look forward to building on in 2018. We delivered a memorable event and generated an outstanding knowledge and exchange platform for digital construction which potentially created numerous opportunities for the future. Seminars were incredibly well attended and we were bowled over by the fantastic feedback from all the delegates, who praised both the venue and the city.

“The North East has become a centre of excellence for digital construction in the UK and with the success of BIM Show Live we aim to raise this profile even further. Plans are well underway for next year’s event and we are confident of producing another high-quality programme packed with new and exciting content.”

Paul Szomoru, Head of Business Tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said:

“BIM Show Live 2017 was a brilliant conference, buzzing with ideas and innovation, and the Boiler Shop – one of Newcastle’s most exciting new venues – was the perfect location for such an event. It was also a fantastic opportunity to showcase the high concentration of tech and BIM specialists in Newcastle.

“The NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau is really excited to be working together with Space Group and BeaconHouse Events, in developing BIM Show Live internationally and making the 2018 conference even bigger and better. This will further consolidate NewcastleGateshead’s profile as the UK capital of BIM and in turn will attract further BIM-led expertise and investment to the region.”