UKCW London and Construction Sport hit the road for first ever ‘Gumball Rally’ 

UK Construction Week London has announced that it is once again partnering with the Construction Sport charity and On The Tools, on an exciting ‘Gumball’ style Van Rally, which will travel over 1,000 miles across the UK, to raise funds and to support construction families affected by suicide. 

UK Construction Week London teams up with Construction Sport for a 'Gumball' style van rally across the UK to support families affected by suicide in the construction industry.

The three-day rally will take place in the week preceding the show (ExCeL, May 7-9). It will set off from London on Wednesday, May 1st, travelling to John O’Groats and back, with stop-off points at UKCW construction partners along the way. 

The route will be as follows: 

  • DAY 1 – London ExCeL to Edinburgh, via Newcastle 
  • DAY 2 – Edinburgh to John O’Groats via Fort William 
  • DAY 3 – Fort William to London via Liverpool 

Steve Kerslake, founder, Construction Sport, said: “We love a fun challenge, but as with any of our activities there’s always an important message behind it all; mental health and wellbeing in the construction industry is a massive talking point, however for every suicide within the construction sector, there are people left behind that are affected, we want to hear from these people and learn how we can help.” 

Construction Sport was created to support construction workers both physically and mentally; the charity has set up a Just Giving fundraising page for its latest challenge Construction Sport Van Rally North 

Anyone who would like to join the rally en route should email 

At UKCW London, Steve Kerslake will be a panellist for a special discussion on mental health, entitled Building Better: How Prioritising Wellbeing Boosts Construction Business. On May 7th at 3.30pm, he will join Mathew Norbury, founder and CEO of FC Laboratories, and Nathan Baker, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) on the Barbour ABI Stage, to dive into the game-changing world of prioritising wellbeing in construction.  

UKCW has a host of other talks and seminars on mental health and wellbeing in construction, including:  

Sam Patel, divisional director – Construction, commented: “Mental health and wellbeing in construction have never been more important, hence why they feature prominently at UKCW London. 

“Construction Sport has been a valuable contributor to our shows over the years, and this year’s Van Rally promises to be something special.” 

UKCW London runs from May 7-9 at ExCeL, and is once again co-located with Concrete Expo and The Offsite Show, as well as the UK’s premier event for the self-build sector, Grand Designs Live. 

A host of new features, interactive demos, and international pavilions from across the globe have all been announced, including the debut of a new Live Demo Theatre; Skills and Training Hub; a construction-specific Recruitment Zone; new C-Suite Summits; a host of international exhibitors housed in pavilions from India, China, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Germany and France. 

UKCW LondonRegistration for UKCW London is now live (and free) through the new-look website

The London show is complemented by its sister event, UKCW Birmingham, which takes place at the NEC from October 1-3. 

The NEC was the birthplace of UK Construction Week in 2015 and the trade show has grown to become the UK’s largest built environment event. Details on the Birmingham programme of events and speakers will be announced in due course, but exhibition space is already filling up – to enquire about your business, contact 

To find out more about both shows and to register for UKCW London for free, visit 

To donate to the Van Rally, go to 

Image credit: UK Construction Week.