Civils 2005 is about getting the civil engineering industry under one roof: to network, innovate and debate.
It is the place where clients, consultants, contractors and suppliers across the UK will showcase what they do best and learn about what is making the heart of the industry beat.
The move from Birmingham to London gives the show a fresh focus and is attracting record numbers of new and repeat exhibitors for the three day event this November.
This is the fourth time consultant WSP will be at Civils.
'We're exhibiting because it's being held in London and can attract a wider audience - clients on their way home from work as well as contractors, sub contractors, sub consultants and architects, ' says WSP civils UK business development manager Steve Matthews.
'It's about being seen and being profiled. WSP has doubled in size and we need to let people know that we're bigger than they thought we were, ' he adds.
Many of the consultants, contractors and government bodies already registered say the mixture of technical seminars, conferences and wide range of exhibitors conjures up all that the civil engineering industry has to offer, making it the ideal place to forge new business contacts.
Mark nnetts, arketing manager for geotechnical specialist May Gurney, is also keen to return to Civils: 'It's a great opportunity for us to talk face to face with a large number of existing and new clients - something we rarely have an opportunity to do over such a short time span.
'The fact that this year Civils is being held in London opens it up to more of the major consulting engineering, project management and quantity surveying companies who are on its doorstep. This, in conjunction with the major contractors who attend, makes the event an excellent arena to promote our national capabilities'.
There is also a host of first time exhibitors signing up to take part, including Mace.
'This is the only event that covers regeneration, transport and infrastructure, and environment and waste - most other exhibitions only cover one of these areas, ' says Mace marketing director Ian Parker.
He adds that the company has traditionally been associated with building projects and is keen to demonstrate its growth in other areas such as public sector infrastructure work.
Law rm Kennedys - specialising in litigation and dispute resolution in healthcare, construction and rail - will also exhibit for the first time.
Practice partner Paul Carter sees the event as a way of discussing the hot legal topics facing the construction industry.
'On health and safety, the heightened awareness of death at work and the increased exposure of directors in legal and criminal proceedings is a real issue, ' he says.
Site investigation company Aperio had taken a break from exhibiting at Civils but has made the move to return this year.
'We are really looking forward to exhibiting at Civils 2005. It's going to be the benchmark exhibition this year - the new format, focusing on civil engineering companies, made up our minds to return to Civils after last exhibiting in 2000, ' says Aperio marketing manager Elena Knight.
'It will be the ideal opportunity to meet engineers from all the different markets we specialise in - be it rail, structures or highways sector.' Other consultants already committed to Civils include Atkins, Black & Veatch, Scott Wilson and KBR. Contractors include May Gurney, and Norwest Holst. The Highways Agency will also exhibit.