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ICE London Civil Engineering Awards: Foreword

Chair of the ICE London Civil Engineering Awards judging panel Mark Whitby and London mayor Boris Johnson introduce the annual ICE awards ceremony

Mark Whitby, chair, ICE London Civil Engineering Awards judging panel

Mark Whitby

Mark Whitby

Chairing the ICE London awards is the ultimate CPD − a fantastic treat for anybody with an interest in celebrating our profession.

That the projects we visited could go by without even the profession celebrating them is a mark of the modesty of most engineers, but what was evident was a level of professionalism and innovation that cannot be allowed to pass without a ‘mention’.

Ultimately, the awards should be nationwide with the best contesting for the engineering equivalent of the Stirling Award. But the quality of the projects we saw in London alone would easily merit their own TV spectacular, and the fact that what we saw involved work in progress as well as finished projects would make for gripping television.

In the process we would not only inspire a new generation of engineers but also raise the whole status of our profession. I am handing over the chair to Chris Wise, so don’t be shy and especially don’t wait until your genius has been covered over. Enter and show it to Chris and his team while you are still naked!

Boris Johnson, London mayor

Boris Johnson

If you want symbols of how London is powering its way out of recession you need only look at this year’s winners. Many said that the credit crunch would halt the construction of Renzo Piano’s visionary Shard of Glass and no-one predicted that a brand new ticket hall and pedestrian tunnels at King’s Cross St Pancras would be delivered ahead of schedule.

I am delighted that the 2012 Olympic Park took the top award.

This work is helping to secure a truly lasting legacy for the capital and the transformation of the East End is one of the biggest ever single regeneration projects seen in Europe.

The calibre of this year’s entries are world-class, stating loud and clear that London is the place to be for a career in engineering excellence.

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