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ICE members back Olympic bid


LONDON-BASED ICE members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of backing the bid to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to the capital.

An email poll held last week showed that 82% of civil engineers backed the bid and 84% urged ICE London formally to support it.

'There are clear and robust benefi ts of the Games in regeneration, transport and increased economic activity for London and the UK, ' said ICE London chairman Simon Grubb, who has made no secret of his support for the bid.

'ICE London will play a signifi ant part in delivering a successful games through the professionalism and skill of its members in almost all areas of the submission, ' he added.

The decision by ICE London comes a week ahead of the crucial International Olympic Committee (IOC) inspection visit to the UK which starts on 16 February.

The poll of ICE London members also showed that 75% felt that the cost of redeveloping derelict ground to create new Olympic facilities was justified.

- NCE is working with the 2012 bid team to produce a special issue to highlight to IOC judges the commitment of civil engineering to the bid It will appear on 24 February.

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