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Civils 2000 visitor figures rocket

CIVILS 2000 is set to be 50% larger than at its launch last year, organisers announced this week.

Civils is the UK's only dedicated civil engineering exhibition and was developed by the NCE team and colleagues at parent company Emap Construct, with the support of the ICE.

The first show in May 1998 pulled in 6,500 visitors to meet the 300 plus exhibitors. It later picked up the Best New Exhibition prize at the 1998 Marketing Event Awards.

The 2000 show will again take place at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, but this time will be held alongside Interbuild, which fills a further eight halls at the NEC.

Civils 2000 runs from 22-25 May in the NEC's Hall Nine. The decision to increase the show's size came after a massive increase in demand from exhibitors. With over a year to go, more than 75% of the space has already been booked.

The exhibition will again feature a seminar programme similar to that which drew over 2,000 delegates in 1998. However, new features are being developed.

One of the first to be confirmed is the introduction of the Groundex section, which is designed to be the focal point for ground engineering companies.

Groundex will be supported by NCE's sister title Ground Engineering, the Federation of Piling Specialists, the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists and the British Drilling Society.

Civils will again benefit from being sited alongside the Pipelines exhibition. Pipelines too has grown at the same rate as Civils and more than 60% of the space is sold out.

Next door to Civils and Pipelines in Hall Five will be Interbuild's Structural Building show, featuring exhibitors in sectors such as information technology and roofing.

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