ICE vice president John Burland received a CBE last week for his pioneering work in civil engineering. The soil mechanics professor from Imperial College, London, is best known for preventing the collapse of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and, closer to home, ensuring that Big Ben did not sink during tunnelling for the Jubilee Line. Burland used the platform for receiving his CBE to express the need to draw more young people into civil engineering. 'We need to attract the next generation of creative engineers to meet the challenges that climate change and urbanisation pose to our environment, ' he said. He welcomed the introduction of the new Construction & the Built Environment GCSE, to be piloted in 50 schools and colleges this September.