The ICE has called for industry donations towards creation of an £850,000 learning centre to inspire future engineers.
The institution has pledged to match funding towards its aim of setting up an interactive space at its London headquarters to interest children in civil engineering.
Aecom, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Mace Foundation, Vinci Construction UK and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff have become founding partners of the exhibition and learning centre, pledging a combined £300,000.
It is hoped that the exhibition and learning centre will open next year as part of ICE’s international Shaping the World appeal.
The National Infrastructure Plan for Skills this autumn set out a need to recruit and train 100,000 extra workers to the sector by 2020. Encouraging young people into civil engineering was seen as one of the key challenges.
The ICE hopes its exhibition centre will be used by young people, teachers, parents and practicing engineers. The centre is designed to bring civil engineering to life with model replicas; installations; digital prototypes of iconic structures; engineering games; and 3D printers.
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.
ICE director-general Nick Baveystock said: “ICE is thrilled to welcome these seven giants of industry as founding partners of our exciting space.
“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.”