Hundreds of construction professionals and directors will attend regional building event Celebrating Construction 2009 this evening.

The event, co-hosted by Birmingham City Council’s Building Consultancy service, the Chartered Institute of Building, and the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence, has grown from attracting 200 attendees in 1996 to almost 1,000 last year.

It features two awards ceremonies recognising quality workmanship and will be held at the Birmingham’s International Conference Centre.

Coun Neville Summerfield, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We are delighted almost 900 people have booked tickets for these awards, which are yet another example of the West Midlands growth, driven by major construction projects guarantee continued development activity, job creation and inward investment during the economic downturn.

“Such events also breed confidence in the construction sector and act as a catalyst for private sector developments to continue, leaving the region strongly placed for when the economy has stabilised.”

This year’s nominations for the Built in Quality awards include WM7, a building control collaboration between councils in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.