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Open House gives access to behind the scenes engineering

ICE London’s successful collaboration with Open House London secured 50 engineering-related events across 22 London boroughs last weekend - helping the public to understand what civil engineering is and how it shapes the world around us.

This is the third year ICE London has partnered with this festival of architecture, to highlight the often hidden civil engineering achievements behind London’s infrastructure, and the successful collaboration between built environment professionals.

Open House activities started with an exclusive pre-weekend guided tour of the Institution’s Edwardian headquarters at One Great George Street in Westminster.

A number of tours and boat trips organised by ICE London also took place.

Highlights included:

  • Canal boat tours around the south side of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, organised with the London Legacy Development Corporation. Former Olympic Delivery Authority venues and infrastructure director Simon Wright was a guest speaker.
  • Thames river boat tours exploring London’s engineering heritage and Bazalgette’s legacy with London’s leading engineers from CH2M Hill, Expedition Engineering and Thames Water.
  • A walking tour in Erith with the Thames Estuary Partnership exploring the changing face of the tidal Thames.
  • Tours of ICE London Award winning infrastructure including the Lee Tunnel, King’s Cross station, Blackwall Tunnel and the Emirates Air Line cable car.

Open House 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 have excited and engaged a broad range of people of all ages in a better appreciation of the built environment and civil engineering.



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