20 March 2018

A team of experts in the construction industry have announced their collaboration for the highly anticipated Great Exhibition of the North 2018.

NBS and Ryder Architecture have teamed up to deliver two exciting exhibitions, forming part of the innovation trail, showcasing how emerging technologies are transforming the construction industry.

The two businesses will illustrate how pioneering built environment technology and design is changing the world as part of the 80-day programme, which will begin on the 22 June 2018.

NBS’ “Future Buildings” campaign will allow visitors to step inside the award-winning Old Post Office, exploring the old and new as they are taken on a journey through time. The exhibition will start with the transformation of the Grade II listed building and end with a look at how our future buildings will take shape. Interactive displays, videos, augmented reality and a chance to create a home of the future will form the basis of the exhibition.

NBS CEO, Richard Waterhouse said, “We are proud to be involved in what is shaping up to be a great boost for the region, economically, culturally and professionally. We have always believed in partnership working, and the Great Exhibition of the North is a fantastic opportunity for NBS to inspire the next generation of construction professionals while forging long term partnerships with like-minded businesses in the region and beyond."

Technology plays a vital role in how we see the built environment sector developing. We’re looking forward to showing visitors how far the industry has come and the possibilities that new technology affords

As well as establishing the North East as a hive of innovation, the Great Exhibition of the North also encourages organisations across the region to embrace the spirit of collaboration by forging new and strengthening existing partnerships. The NBS and Ryder exhibition was developed collaboratively to have a bigger impact and excite people about the future of the built environment by focusing on their shared vision for the future of construction.

Ryder will be opening the doors to Cooper’s Studios on Westgate Road with their event - Horse to Hyperloop - in which participants can explore the history of one of the world’s last remaining horse and carriage repository’s and travel into an interactive world of pioneering transport, technology and design. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to become a city architect for the day and 3D model their own structure to take home.  There will also be the chance to design a carriage for Northern Arc – the revolutionary Hyperloop travel system and watch personalised pods travel around the atrium in the automated tubing simulation.

Mark Clasper, Director at Ryder said, “We’re delighted to be part of this collaborative demonstration of the fantastic businesses, skills and talent we have here in the north and to showcase our pioneering initiatives like PlanBEE and Northern Arc to a new audience.  We hope to inspire the next generation of construction professionals and help open up new opportunities for the region’s economy and development.

 “Visitor’s to Horse and Hyperloop can expect a fun and hands on experience into the life of an architect.  We want people of all ages to understand the huge impact excellent design has on the environment and the world we live in.”

The Great Exhibition of the North will run from 22 June until 9 September 2018 and is expected to attract 3 million people into the region, with an approximate £189 million boost to the North East economy.




Image from left to right: Mark Clasper, Director at Ryder Architecture; Stephen Hamil, Director of Research and Innovation at NBS; Tim Bellhouse, Head of Global Customer Support at NBS

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For more information, please contact NBS PR Executive Jennifer Scullion on 0191 244 5523 or email Jennifer.Scullion@theNBS.com

For Ryder, please contact Communications Director Helen Whitfield on 07739 858384 or email hwhitfield@ryderarchitecture.com 


ABOUT NBS: NBS is committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals and are proud to be leading the construction industry in its digital evolution. Our origins lie in the National Building Specification and for over 40 years we have developed and produced NBS products which support the built environment. Our NBS specification products cover construction, engineering services and landscape design.

More recently we have developed an integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform that has been designed to support global design and construction. It currently has four major components:

  • NBS BIM Toolkit: BIM execution plan, roles and responsibilities.
  • NBS Create: BIM specification and knowledge platform.
  • NBS National BIM Library: BIM object library, generic and actual.
  • Construction Information Service (CIS): Standards and regulations.

CIS is delivered via a joint venture with IHS Markit. This relationship has successfully prospered for many years.

Our products are recognised as being individually effective in their own right, but via the linking of the data, classification and integration, the true power comes through these connections across the NBS BIM platform. Combining world leading technology with expert knowledge, NBS is trusted to help construction industry professionals make the best project decisions.