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The closer look

Civil engineering plant often has to be seen to be believed. So see it - by visiting the Infrastructure Show’s Demo Zone. NCE outlines what will be on display.

So much of what happens on a construction site has to be seen to be believed. But few people ever actually get the chance to get up-close and personal with hi-tech kit like mini-piling rigs. Next month, for three days only, that will change.

From 18 to 20 October at the NEC in Birmingham, the UK’s civil engineering community will get a free insight into new construction technologies, techniques and practices at the Infrastructure Show’s Demo Zone.

Product insight

Sponsored by piling and foundations specialist Roger Bullivant, the zone will give civil engineers and construction managers a more practical insight into products and services on offer from suppliers across the construction industry.

“As a specialist engineering company, we will be using this opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in piling and foundations”

John Patch, Roger Bullivant


Over the three days of the show, the Demo Zone will offer exhibitors an arena in which they can display their new products and techniques, as well as using the space to show off their smaller plant machinery, to contractors and construction practices. A precast modular concrete grandstand able to seat up to 50 people will flank one side of the zone, allowing visitors to sit and watch live demonstrations and field questions to exhibitors.

Roger Bullivant will be spending its time in the Demo Zone demonstrating its latest mini-piling equipment and foundation packages.

With sustainability becoming increasingly important in all aspects of construction, all eyes will be on Bullivant’s modular foundation package.

Offsite components

Seventy five per cent of the components are manufactured offsite in a quality-controlled factory environment and delivered to site immediately prior to installation.

The use of new and lightweight materials results in improved sustainability through significant reductions in CO2 emissions during the manufacturing process and from reduced lorry movements when transporting to site.

Bullivant sales director John Patch says the zone will be an all-action area, and one that is open to all. “As a specialist engineering company, we will be using this opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in the field of piling and foundations and how effective use of our off-site, modular construction can provide both value for money and improved sustainability, perhaps the most important aspects of the industry in the current climate.
“But the Demo Zone will provide other companies with a platform for demonstrating their latest innovative solutions and products to suppliers, contractors and project managers from across the industry,” he says.

The Infrastructure Show will bring together some of the UK’s leading consultants, contractors and clients such as Crossrail, Network Rail and BAA, offering an insight into the projects that are shaping the UK’s future infrastructure network.


Exhibitors are continuing to sign up to the show thick and fast, and to date include Topcon, Vinci, Costain, EC Harris, Kosran, JDP, Lafarge, Macrete, Fisher fixings, Celsa Steel, Apollo Cradles, RMD Kwikform and Ergon Structural Concrete.

The Infrastructure Show forms a major part of the new event, BEST (Built Environment Solutions and Technologies) which is replacing Interbuild Specifier. Building on the legacy provided by Interbuild Specifier, BEST will show the industry how to achieve best practice that minimises cost, increases efficiency and reduces environmental impact.

  • Entry to the Infrastructure Show is free to those who register in advance using priority code ENCU at

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