Network Rail and Crossrail sign up to The Infrastructure Show

Network Rail and Crossrail have signed up as client partners for the Rail Hub at the newly launched Infrastructure Show, taking place 18-20 October 2010 at NEC, Birmingham.  The Infrastructure Show is designed to offer the civil engineering community a networking platform to debate and discuss the issues facing today’s major construction and delivery projects.

One of five hubs, the Rail Hub, will showcase some of the leading rail projects such as High Speed Rail and Crossrail as well as station development.  The Hub will feature its own dedicated seminar programme which will look to tackle the key issues surrounding the delivery of high performance, cost effective UK railways.

Network Rail in particular will be looking to the supply chain to identify ways in which efficiencies can be delivered while maintaining its high performing railway network.   Speaking about their participation in The Infrastructure Show, Simon Kirby, Director Investment Projects, Network Rail said: “With 24% of efficiencies to deliver by 2014 to meet our regulatory targets, understanding how we, and our supply chain, can deliver a better railway but for less is vital.  The Infrastructure Show will provide a great opportunity to further engage with our suppliers on this mission.”

Crossrail will be looking to the supply chain to identify value management in the delivery of world class transport, looking at project progression and meeting supply chain efficiency targets.  Martin Rowark, Crossrail Head of Procurement commented: “Crossrail Ltd is delighted to be supporting the Infrastructure Show. As Europe’s largest civil engineering project Crossrail is committed to working with the industry in obtaining best value across the programme. The Infrastructure Show provides Crossrail with the ideal opportunity to demonstrate the project’s momentum and to meet suppliers and contractors who are interested in contributing to this important scheme.”

More for Less is the key theme of the event, demonstrating to the industry how to achieve best practice that minimises cost, increases efficiency and reduces environmental impact.  The conference programme will provide insight and challenge debate within five core areas – Roads, Rail, Cities, Utilities and Airport and Port Construction.  The Infrastructure Show promises to combine all the key technical, business and political issues that make this one of the most fascinating sectors of the built environment.

Network Rail and Crossrail are the latest in a host of organisations which have begun laying the foundations for The Infrastructure Show.  Exhibitors already signed up include Topcon, Kosran, JDP, Macrete, Fisherixings, Celsa Steel, Apollo Cradles, RMD Kwikform and many more.

Offering something for everyone, an extensive conference programme will cover a wide range of areas, including a session on Best Practice in Infrastructure Procurement which will bring together PPP investment and delivery partners.

The Hosted Buyer Programme has also been launched, offering a bespoke diary of supplier meetings with exhibitors, as well as select networking opportunities and seminars. By creating a highly structured day, participants have the opportunity to maximise their time spent at the show and develop relationships with alternative suppliers or discover new innovations directly relevant to their business. The programme has been designed specifically for procurement professionals and specifiers to reduce the time and effort of researching for new technologies, ideas and suppliers.

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 demonstrate to the industry how to achieve best practice that minimises cost, increases efficiency and reduces environmental impact.

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