The Infrastructure Show is coming up fast. Here are 20 reasons for making the trip to the NEC in Birmingham.
1. Listen and learn
With over 70 free seminars covering a broad spectrum of construction and infrastructure themes and innovations, the Infrastructure Show offers a unique learning experience. Increase your knowledge, gain an understanding of best practice and new techniques which are relevant and applicable to your business.
2. Scrum down
Rugby star Andrew Sheridan, the England and Sale Sharks loose head prop, will be making a guest appearance at the Birmingham NEC, signing autographs and giving you the opportunity to win a signed shirt.
3. Get close to a model
Models of the UK’s leading infrastructure projects will be assembled under one roof, including Heathrow’s Terminal 2A, Birmingham International Airport, St Pancras and Kings Cross stations and two Olympic stadiums.
4. Hub hop
Visit five sector-themed hubs and explore the latest innovations and strategies in major projects. Each hub is hosted by a key industry client and themed around their multi-billion pound projects. The five themed hubs are dedicated to rail, roads, airports, utilities, and cities and regeneration.
5. Feel the power
Oil and gas reserves are dwindling; coal is a contentious source of power, and the hydrogen revolution looks miles away. So what is the future of the UK’s energy supply? The Utilities hub will provide a forum for debate on alternative sources of energy including tidal power, offshore wind, biomethane and nuclear energy.
6. Plant spotting
Visit the dedicated plant zone to see the latest construction equipment, groundwork and measuring products from leading suppliers including Mabey and Boma.
7. Save a Life
International aid charity RedR will be at the show looking to recruit volunteers and firms to support its disaster relief programme. By joining RedR, you could be trained and equipped with the skills to provide humanitarian aid in a time of crisis.
8. A capital experience
On Day 2, the rail hub will showcase London’s biggest transport revamp in over 100 years - Crossrail. Programme director Andy Mitchell and head of procurement Martin Rowark will be among the leading names from the project at the show, providing an insight in to the cost-effective, quality delivery of a world class transport network.
9. First with the cuts news
On Day 3, chancellor of the exchequer George Osbourne will deliver the highly anticipated Comprehensive Spending Review. Tune into the announcement live at the show and listen to immediate, first-hand response and analysis.
10. Rise to the challenge
Client partners to the hubs have set industry key challenges. Network Rail has thrown down the gauntlet on delivering better infrastructure with greater cost efficiency. Crossrail has followed a similar theme of balancing quality with cost by challenging the industry to demonstrate value management in the delivery of world class transport. They want to hear your ideas at the show.
11. Get in the Zone
The Demo Zone will offer exhibitors an arena in which they can demonstrate new products and techniques, as well as using the space to show off their smaller machines to contractors and consultants. A precast modular concrete grandstand able to seat up to 50 people, constructed by Roger Bullivant Group, will flank one side of the zone, allowing visitors to sit and watch the live demonstrations and pose questions to exhibitors about their latest innovations. Don’t miss this chance to get up to speed on what’s hot.
12. Products galore
The Infrastructure show will provide a marketplace for the very latest pioneering and innovative products in the industry. Visitors will have the opportunity to get their hands on a wide range of products, enabling them to source, test and compare well ahead of competitors. Exhibitors demonstrating their products include Celsa Steel, Cairn Cross Civil Engineering, Lafarge, Macrete and members of the rail alliance.
13. Meet and greet
Network and engage with new and existing contacts, forge new relationships and strengthen current ones. The show brings the civils sector together under one roof, providing a forum for sharing best practice and solutions, and discussing challenges and key issues.
14. Expert opinion
Through the keynote speaker programme, industry leaders will be offering thought provoking insight into the key issues facing the industry today. Infrastructure UK chief executive James Stewart, Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke and Sustainable finance co-founder Leo Johnson are just three of the speakers heading up the conference programme.
15. Save money
In these times of economic austerity, the show’s overriding theme is how to deliver more for less, without compromising on quality. Delegates will be able to glean a host of money saving tips. For example Colin Buchanan director of traffic engineering Keith Firth will be presenting a case study that will challenge your perceptions of traffic management. His case study will give details of how turning off traffic lights has decreased congestion and saved £100,000 per junction.
16. Hot Potato
Over the three days, we at NCE will be chairing More for Less debates. Our chair will be hosting panel debates between leading members of the civils community. Over the three days we will be hosting discussions in the Rail, Roads, Cities and Utilities Hubs with speakers such as Paul Curtis of the Rail Alliance and Costain highways director Tim Bowen.
17. Take flight
The Airports Hub is a showcase for the biggest opportunities domestically and overseas. With participation from leading operators including BAA and Birmingham International Airport, it also features suppliers presenting their latest products, innovations and services. Speakers include BAA capital director Steve Morgan and BAA design and development director Phil Wilbraham.
18. City lights
The dedicated Cities Hub presents case studies and success stories from Birmingham City Council and Newham Borough Council, exploring key issues such as growth, innovation and regeneration. Speakers include representatives from Birmingham and Newham Borough Council, plus Olympic Delivery Authority chairman John Armitt, Arup director Peter Head, Transport for London head of interchange John McNulty, and John Lyall Architects managing director John Lyall.
19. Make the BEST of it
Visit the co-located BEST (Built Environment Solutions & Technologies) show for free, using your badge to gain access to even more seminars and suppliers.
20. Come and meet us!
The NCE team will be at the show! We will have our own stand in the exhibition hall where you can drop in and discuss major projects and pick our brains for our opinions on the biggest new stories from the show. Meet the team as they cover all the hot stories.
- Entry to the Infrastructure Show is free by registering in advance using priority code ETOP at www.best-show.co.uk/infrastructure