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Princess Anne calls for industry to contribute to ‘Shaping the World’ project

The ICE has appealed to industry leaders to help fund a new state of the art learning and exhibition centre, as part of its “Shaping the World” appeal.

The appeal’s patron, Princess Anne, held a dinner at Buckingham Palace on 15 July to rally support for the new centre, which will be used by the public, schools and engineers. The ICE has already committed £350,000 to the project.

“Shaping the World” was launched in October 2013, and has raised over £1M to date. Projects funded include a resilience lecture series and a report on low carbon living for a high density environment which is to be presented to the Hong Kong Government.

The ICE is also using the funds to launch a bid to lead the World Federation of Engineering Organisations’ technical committee on engineering and the environment.

This role covers the development of global partnerships including a four year programme to change the way medium sized, growing cities across the world plan their infrastructure.

Speaking at the dinner, Princess Anne said: ” The ICE’s flagship learning and exhibition space will create the right environment for showcasing success in civil engineering, and a forum for debate on future solutions. I commend the ICE for its important work in raising the profile of the industry. 

“While I recognise the need to attract young people to consider careers in engineering, the exhibition space will be a place of learning for everyone. I hope the industry will help support such a worthwhile cause.”

Appeal committee chair, Sir Michael Bear, added: “We want to turn our most important asset - knowledge - into action for positive change.

“This is why we are creating a flagship, state-of-the-art learning and exhibition centre at the ICE’s Westminster HQ, which will open in 2016.

“It will position the ICE at the heart of what the industry does through case studies of fantastic engineering feats and topical displays linked to business sectors and projects.

“Technology will be pivotal in our interactive hub. We will have building information modelling models of our industry’s proudest designs, 3D printers for children to create replicas of iconic structures and interactive touch screens for them to make decisions on how to solve problems.

“And for students, apprentices and young practicing engineers, we will create a virtual hub for knowledge and e-learning. With the industry’s training videos, webinars and clips of construction projects, we can create a gateway to the world’s largest civil engineering databank.

“Collectively we can help to promote and facilitate innovation and motivate the next generation to step into our dynamic profession - we hope the industry will partner with us and help to bring this vision to life.”

  • For more about Shaping the World, click here

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