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materials & finishes show 2026

17 - 19 May 2026
NEC, Birmingham

Shell Scheme Stand Regulations & Information


Shell Scheme Stand Regulations & Information

Shell Scheme Stand Regulations & Information

A shell scheme stand is one that the Organiser’s contractor, Human Built, will build on your behalf.  Shell Scheme stands will be ready for interior decoration and deliver of products at 12.00hrs on Friday 17th May. Full details of what is included in your shell scheme stand can be found below.


Below you will find links to the full specifications (including a visual) to the different types of shell scheme at MAFS. Please ensure you download and follow the correct Specification for the stand you have booked. You can find your stand type on your contract. If you are still unsure of which specification is relevant to you, please contact the ops team, who will be able to help.

If you have booked a Quartz Shell Scheme Package, please download the Specification below:

If you have booked a Crystal Shell Scheme Package, please download the Specification below:

If you have booked an Opal Shell Scheme Package, please download the Specification below:


The electrical contractor is Human Built who is responsible for and will carry out all electrical work on stands within the exhibition halls.

Human Built
T: 07760 172 543

Please click here for the webshop

Lighting and Electrical Socket Packages

All shell scheme stands are supplied with the following lighting and electrical socket packages based on stand size.

Package 1 (6m²)   

2 x LED Spotlights & 1 x 13amp 500watt socket

Package 2 (12m²)

2 x LED Spotlights & 1 x 13amp 500watt socket

Package 3 (24m²)

4 x LED Spotlights & 1 x 13amp 500watt socket

If you would like to order any additional lighting, please click here for the Webshop. Orders must be made before April 24th to receive the early bird pricing. Other prices can be provided if required.  The price for fittings listed on the form covers the hire, power requirements, maintenance during the open period and removal at the close of the exhibition.

Basic Guidelines For Socket Sizes and Usage

Listed below are examples of "typical" loadings for items plugged in to socket outlets:

500 watt sockets computers, TV’s, video’s, spotlights to 500W, refrigerators
1000 watt sockets domestic filter coffee machines, lighting up to 1000W
2000 watt sockets kettles**, machinery up to 2000W
3000 watt sockets

hired coffee machines, machinery 2000W to 3000W

Note ** kettles and refrigeration / freezer requirements vary between 200 and 2000 watts.  Please check with the supplier or check the reference tag or plate on the machine.

If you have any questions about the exact electrical requirements for your stand, please contact the electrical contractor using the details above who will be happy to advise you. 

Deadline Date

Orders must be received by April 24th so that the necessary mains can be ordered from the venue in sufficient time for them to be laid in the hall before general construction commences.  Orders received after the deadline will incur a 20% surcharge.  

NB: Exhibitors who contract into the show after April 21st  will be exempt from the surcharge if orders are made prior to arriving onsite.

Enquiry Desk

During the build-up period, an enquiry desk will be located outside the Organisers to assist exhibitors with any electrical queries or problems. The desk will be manned from 0800-1800 hours daily.

Supply Timetable

Electricity will be energised to stands as quickly as possible during the build-up period, subject to satisfactory inspection and testing of installations. If a temporary power supply is required during the build-up period, this can be ordered direct from Human Built.

Please remember to order and specify 24-hour electricity supply if this is required.

Any exhibitor needing electricity for the running down of machinery or equipment etc. when the exhibition closes at 1600hrs on Wednesday 22 May, must inform the Organisers’ Office of their requirements no later than 1700hrs the day before (Tuesday 21st May), for this to be organised in time.


If you require a temporary power supply during the build-up period, you should order this direct with Human Built.


Every circuit installed on an exhibition stand must be tested before it’s finally energised. Costs for this are shown separately on the electrical order form.

For further information on how this impacts your stand, please contact Human Built.

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