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Princess Anne seeks more donations to ICE Shaping the World appeal

Princess Anne appealed for further support for the ICE’s Shaping the World initiative, of which she is Patron, at a special dinner last week.

The Shaping the World appeal, launched last October, aims to bring together the greatest civil engineering minds across the globe to help alleviate the
effects of major future challenges such as population growth and climate change, and ultimately ensure future infrastructure is resilient, adaptable and available to all.

This would be through a number of projects under the themes of Knowledge, Influence, Professionalism and Inspiration.

Plans to equip the ICE’s One Great George Street headquarters with the technology that can engage the international engineering community - and an inspirational space to enthuse the next generation of engineers- form part of the programme. It is hoped that the ICE’s HQ becomes the “international home of civil engineering.”

The appeal has already raised £1M and is funding projects such as Shaping Hong Kong’s Future - a report to be presented to the Hong Kong government exploring low carbon living for a high density environment beyond 2030. It will also fund a series of lectures on resilience, funded by Heriot Watt University and MWH UK. A new business centre has also been established at the ICE’s headquarters as a space for ICE members meet and share knowledge. This space is to be developed into a state of the art hub that facilitates debate and discussion on a wider scale.

Princess Anne said the initiative had started well and appealed for others to become part of the venture.

Funds are being sought for

  • a purpose-built media studio from where live broadcasts, interviews and educational films can be produced and disseminated;
  • a flagship exhibition space open to the public and schools;
  • the upgrading of the Thomas Telford Theatre into a multi-screen facility to run educational courses and presentations from dignitaries and international business leaders.

“The Institution should become a worldwide home of civil engineering - a real focal point to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and learning, and the natural place for international meetings for engineers, business leaders and hopefully governments from around the world,” said Princess Anne.

“There is also a need to invest in and inspire the next generation, and help the Institution to manage that in a way that perhaps it hasn’t done in the past.”
ICE President Geoff French also discussed other projects requiring funding - including a major Future Cities Summit in autumn 2015, to debate the structures and mechanisms needed for resilient urban infrastructure.

“Shaping the World is the most far reaching and aspirational programme envisaged by the ICE,” he said. “We are delighted it is gaining momentum, and now seek to can drive forward some exciting, innovative and truly game-changing projects. .”

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  • The first Shaping the World lecture on resilience, funded by SISTech Ltd (a joint venture between Heriot Watt University and MWH UK), will take place on 1 December and be given by ICE past President Paul Jowitt. For further information email:

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