SENIOR GOVERNMENT offi cials drew a high-level mix of public sector clients, consultants, contractors and suppliers to the opening day of NCE's Civils 2005 show in London on Tuesday.
Head of regeneration at the Offi ce of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) David Edwards launched the show on Tuesday morning with a breakfast briefi for senior industry executives.
The audience included three local authority chief executives, including Haringey's Max Caller.
Edwards said the ODPM's priorities were the creation of world class cities to rival those in other countries, and the development of sustainable housing.
After the briefi ng, ICE president Gordon Masterton officially opened the show, which boasts exhibitors from more than 200 of construction's top clients, consultants, contractors, specialists and suppliers.
Manning the stands were senior fi ures including Halcrow's United States head Les Buck and FaberMaunsell chief executive Ken Dalton.
The Civils conference programme kicked off with a session on urban regeneration, with Amec director Matt Crompton setting out plans for Manchester.
Conferences on transport and the environment were due to follow on Wednesday and today.
INFOPLUS For a daily review of what has been happening at Civils 2005 and to find out how to attend the final day, visit www. nceplus. co. uk