ICE PRESIDENT Quentin Leiper made his second offi cial trip to the north west region recently, to meet up with some of his Telford Apprentices.
Started by Leiper's predecessor Gordon Masterton, the President's Apprentices were six graduate engineers given close access to the ICE figurehead to benefit from his experience and promote civil engineering among their peers.
Leiper extended the scheme, renaming the bright young things Telford Apprentices to recognise the 250th year since the death of ICE founder Thomas Telford. He increased the number from six to 16, to include at least one apprentice from each ICE region.
Leiper visited Jon Yates, Apprentice for Lancashire, who is the supervisor for designer Halcrow, at a £5M flood alleviation scheme to protect against a 1-in-500-year flood at Lancaster.
Joined by the other regional apprentices, Leiper then travelled further north to Carlisle to see the 9.5km M6 Guards Mill Project, the missing link of motorway between England and Scotland.
The £174M Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) project includes two major structures:
The fi st is the 185m steel composite River Esk Bridge, which spans the tidal river. It was slid across the river into place from one bank, using hydraulic jacks and contains 1,000m 3 of reinforced concrete in 2 abutments and 3 piers.
The second is the Mossband Bridge Rail Bridge which spans the West Coast Mainline.
Leiper presented a Spirit of Telford Award to the project.
The success of the original Apprentices scheme has persuaded a number of regions to follow suit and start their own 'chairman's apprentices'.
North west regional chairman Peter Hallsworth, has now decided to start his own version of the scheme.