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ICE helps open up London’s engineering treasures to public

Weekend of behind-the-scenes insights into engineering landmarks

London’s treasure chest of engineering masterpieces is being opened up to the public next week.

London Bridge, Crossrail’s Canary Wharf station site, and 2012 Olympic Park are among London’s old and new landmarks which will be made available for the public to explore during the Open House London weekend on 17 and 18 September.

The engineering and architecture showcase is run by architecture education organisation Open House. The ICE is the official partner for the event and is organizing free site visits, boat trips and walking tours for members of the public.

700 sites

In total, over 700 buildings and sites across the capital will be opened up. The theme for this year is the liveable city. It is hoped that local communities will be encouraged through a glimpse at the mechanics of the city to lobby policy makers to make positive changes to way London’s infrastructure works.

“Open House London weekend provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase to the wider public the vital role that engineers play in enhancing quality of life and prosperity in the capital,” said ICE London director Miranda Housden.

“The ICE is delighted to be an official partner this year and we hope that our boat tours, site visits and guided walks will excite and engage a broad range of people of all ages in a better appreciation of civil engineering.”

Annual event

Open House director Victoria Thornton added that “Open House is the annual opportunity for Londoners to understand the value of a well-designed city - from its buildings to the often hidden infrastructure - and see how these elements make an important contributing role in creating and sustaining a “liveable” city.

“Last year 89% of participants said the Open House event was the best way they knew to get a better understanding about the design of the capital”.

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