PARTNERING IS not just of value to the civil engineering industry out on site, ICE President Sir Alan Cockshaw told guests attending the annual dinner of the Chilterns area. The ICE itself should partner with the other institutions to provide a united voice to the public and central government.
The dinner was the final part of a two day visit to the area. The day started at a two hour question and answer session when Cockshaw told Chiltern members: 'Engineers should be problem solvers not problem creators'. He used the occasion to hammer home his presidential theme that the future of engineering lay with co-operation and partnering which will provide huge cost savings and greater efficiencies in what is one of the UK economy's most money consuming industries.
Cockshaw was accompanied on the visit by Lady Brenda Cockshaw and ICE director of engineering Amar Bhogul.
Highlights included a tour of Luton airport to find out about the 10 year development plan, which was explained by development manager Richard Moat.
Over the next 10 years the airport's owner Luton Borough Council is planning expand capacity from 2.5M to 10M passengers a year - with the £72M investment paid for by a private finance concessionaire.
A new runway extension, cargo centre, check-in facility at a the railway station currently being built by Nuttall and new passenger facilities are all on the agenda.
In the afternoon the group visited the A406 London North Circular realignment, Fore Street tunnel section.