Seven leading contractors and consultants have joined forces with ICE to help fund a new state-of-the-art engineering exhibition and learning centre.
Its aim is to inspire the next generation of engineers and demonstrate the diverse career opportunities available to young people.
The exhibition and learning centre, which will open in 2016 at the ICE’s One Great George Street headquarters in London, forms part of the Institution’s “Shaping the World” campaign.
This is an international campaign which brings together the greatest civil engineering minds across the globe to work out ways to alleviate the effects of the major challenges facing the planet.
The appeal has attracted donations totalling £1M, and is funding other projects including a resilience lecture series. It is also funding a report exploring low carbon living for a high density environments beyond 2030 which will be presented to the Hong Kong government.
Princess Anne is the appeal’s patron.
Aecom, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Mace Foundation, Vinci Construction UK and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff have become the “Founding Partners” in the exhibition and learning centre. Together they have pledged over £300,000, and ICE has promised to match industry donations to the £850,000 project. ICE is renewing its call to the rest of industry to also join as Partners and help raise the remaining funds needed to bring the vision to life.
The exhibition centre will be an interactive space for young people, teachers, parents and engineers, bringing civil engineering to life.
It will house model replicas, installations and digital prototypes of iconic structures, plus engineering games and 3D printers - making the link between the digital and the physical.
Founding partners will be invited to display structural and digital models, installations and case studies to tell a story of how their projects have connected people, socially, economically and physically to improve their wellbeing.
“The ICE is thrilled to welcome these seven giants of industry as Founding Partners of our exciting space,” said ICE director general Nick Baveystock.
“Our message to those yet to join is simple - exhibit with us, inspire with us.
“If we are to motivate young people to follow in our footsteps and become tomorrow’s innovators we must take this opportunity to pool our resources, and share our stories as a means of trumpeting our achievements.”
The centre is in two parts. The exhibition centre, located at the ICE’s HQ, will open to the public next autumn.
Curated with a digital generation in mind, the rolling programme of exhibitions will celebrate new technologies and techniques while acknowledging the historical feats of engineering icons.
Each of the exhibits will follow themes, creating a cultural and human link with the built environment. The Learning Centre, also located at Great George Street will provide working engineers a meeting place to develop their knowledge of new technologies in construction, including digital engineering and building information modelling.