The ICE is returning to the 2017 Ecobuild event between 7 and 9 March as an official industry partner, hoping to build on the success of its Infrastructure Revolution Hub at last year’s event.
Ecobuild 2017 is to be held at the Exel exhibition centre in London. It offers a new concept, transforming the event into an “immersive city”, complete with a main street, distinct destinations and special feature attractions. Central to the experience will be “Regeneration Drive”’, a boulevard running through the middle of the show. It will link different aspects of the exhibition and enable visitors to experience best practice innovation and creativity from across the built environment.
The ICE will host the “Gateway” area on Regeneration Drive and use the space to showcase infrastructure projects. It will include a seminar arena enabling visitors and industry partners to interact, discuss and drive change within the sector, to deal with the challenges of a digital world.
Next to the Gateway will be a networking and exhibition area called “Kendal’s Coffee House”. It recreates ICE’s historic genesis – where the pioneering civil engineers Palmer, Jones and Field first met to share and promote engineering knowledge.
The Gateway will encourage audience debate and questions across six key themes over the three days. They will include power, transport, water, waste, smart cities and technology.
The ICE has a range of opportunities for industry partners to exhibit and take part in the seminar debate programme and is keen to ensure that infrastructure projects are profiled around the key themes.
ICE director of engineering knowledge Nathan Baker said: “Ecobuild 2017 is a really exciting opportunity once again for the ICE to support infrastructure design and delivery in the UK. The Gateway will provide a platform for a wide audience to better understand the challenges faced by the civil engineering industry in delivering key infrastructure projects and in helping to identify solutions which can be put into action.”