Princess Anne visited One Great George Street last month to see the results of the ICE’s Shaping the World appeal.
The Princess is patron of the appeal and launched it at the ICE in October 2013.
Her patronage finishes this month. The appeal has raised more than £1.5M. It has enabled the ICE to transform the former Upper Library into a members’ resource centre and the Grade II-listed Lower Library into the Infrastructure Learning Hub, a public exhibition space.
Princess Anne visited the Members Resource Hub and toured the Infrastructure Learning Hub’s current Invisible Superheroes exhibition.
She was accompanied by ICE director general Nick Baveystock, Colonel Jane Davis, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, and ICE President Lord Mair.
The Princess met with key staff from the library, exhibitions, education and ICE London teams.
She was also introduced to members of the construction team involved in the building’s design and refurbishment.
Mair said: “We were delighted to welcome the Princess Royal to One Great George Street to show her what Shaping the World has achieved and to thank her for her patronage. With her support, we have been able to build a platform for the education and inspiration of the next generation and to demonstrate how civil engineering directly transforms people’s lives.”
Other programmes made possible by the Shaping the World appeal have included an annual lecture series on the theme of resilience, and the recruitment of an academic-in-residence to shape the ICE’s work in international development, particularly focusing on the impact engineering has on communities across the globe.
This work has provided a foundation for the forthcoming Global Engineering Congress in October 2018, which will bring together the global engineering community to take practical action towards delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.