Regular visitors to Hillhead will notice a difference on arrival at the entrance to the show next year because the familiar concrete block plant operated by Forticrete since the early 1980s has disappeared.
The plant was closed as a result of falling demand for building materials caused by the recession which started in 2008 and has recently been demolished and the site area cleared. Accordingly, site owners Tarmac have given permission for area to be used for show purposes and, although the existing layout will be retained, some extra plots will be available for exhibitors adjacent to the Registration Pavilion.
Event Director, Jack Berridge noted that ‘As the outdoor stand space was already virtually sold out, the extra area would be useful. The main benefit, however, would be that a second roadway was being constructed to provide a one way system for vehicles entering and exiting the site which would both assist traffic flows and road safety’.