Like many other organisations in central London, the ICE will be affected by the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer and this will impact on services to members.
Disruption to transport links, road closures and local events mean that access to the ICE’s headquarters at One Great George Street (OGGS) will be very difficult during the Games period - July to September. The ICE has been advised by Transport for London to discourage travel where possible, so this will affect members and staff working at OGGS.
OGGS is also being used as a media centre for the Games with all rooms booked from 18 June to 15 September. This will see thousands of journalists pass through the building which the ICE sees as a great opportunity to promote its venue and generate income that contributes to the cost of running the ICE services.
But the ICE is committed to providing a high standard of service and has taken a number of measures to help run operations smoothly during this time:
- Members are advised to avoid travelling in and around London during the Games and the ICE is asking members, where possible, avoid visiting 1 Great George Street between 18 June and 15 September.
- Members visiting 1 Great George Street, should bring their membership cards or be ready to have their membership validated at reception. Staff also advise members to carry some form of photo ID, as there could be other security checks in the vicinity.
- Members wishing to see ICE staff, will have to make an appointment. It may be easier to see a regional team member.
- The ICE hopes to offer as normal a service as possible during the Games, with many staff available within the core working hours. However, some staff will be working shifts or working from home to avoid travelling during peak times.
- Please do not return any library books during the Games period - books will be marked with a return date after these periods. The ICE will supply as many electronic books as possible and to post library books to members. However, the post service may be unpredictable.
- The ICE bookshop will be closed between 18 June and 15 September. However, online orders will continue to be processed as normal.
- The cafe bar will be exceptionally busy, particularly during peak hours. As is the case now, seats win the cafe bar will be prioritised for those that are eating. The brasserie will be used as an extension to the cafe bar and the usual brasserie menu will not be available. The business centre will be relocated to the library from 18 June to 15 September. Quiet space and computers will be available for members to use. Wifi connection will continue to be available for members on request.
- Your regional team: www.ice. org.uk/nearyou
- Other ICE departments: www. ice.org.uk/contact-us Promoting civil engineering through the Olympics:
- Find out how ICE has been supporting: www.ice.org.uk/learninglegacy
- More information on how the ICE is promoting the role of civil engineers will appear in this section of the website during the coming months.