Property Week’s parent UBM has bought Ecobuild, the giant sustainable building products exhibition held every year at London’s Excel.

More than 55,000 people – including a rapidly-growing contingent from the real estate world – attended Ecobuild this year. There are already 800 speakers lined up for the conference element of the 2012 Ecobuild, to be held on March 20-22.

Ecobuild has expanded rapidly since being launched by International Business Events in 2004, and will continue to grow with the UK sustainable construction market forecast to expand by 30% between 2011 and 2015.

FTSE-250 group UBM will also be launching Ecobuild China in April 2012, alongside its existing Expobuild products show in Shanghai.

Adrian Barrick, chief executive officer of UBM’s built environment division, said: ‘Ecobuild is a fantastic event, and just what both the industry and government needs in order to drive forward the sustainable construction agenda, the strategic importance of which was highlighted in the recent Low Carbon Construction Action Plan launched by business & enterprise minister Mark Prisk.

‘There is a natural fit between Ecobuild and UBM. The combination of Ecobuild and our magazines, web and mobile sites and specialist live and virtual events will allow professionals to meet and discuss best practise all year round.’

UBM also owns leading construction industry brands Building and BD.