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Wales rolls out civil engineering campaign

Civils projects in Wales are to carry banners and signboards with the words “This is civil engineering” as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the work of ­engineers.

Projects will carry the banners during construction and on completion.

The campaign, launched last week by the Welsh environment and sustainable development minister John Griffiths, is intended to show the general public what civil engineering is and increase awareness of the importance of civil engineering to society.

A3 sized posters have also been produced for site offices and visitor centres.

The banners and signboards feature a “quick response” code, which links to a dedicated page on the ICE website explaining more about civil engineering.

Trial roll out

Several projects across Wales are already displaying “This is Civil Engineering” signs as part of a trial roll-out of the campaign. These include two coastal defence schemes in north Wales, a cycle way in south east Wales, a land slip remediation project in west Wales and a major city centre highways scheme in Swansea.

Griffiths launched the campaign during a visit to the £8.25M West Rhyl coastal defence scheme - an example of a civil engineering project that will have a huge impact on local people by reducing the threat of flooding to over 2,000 residential properties and more than 500 commercial ­properties.

“We know that flooding and coastal erosion is a growing problem here in Wales and that more and more Welsh homes are at risk,” he said.

“The Welsh government is investing over £100M, supported by money from European Regional Development Fund, in a programme of flood and coastal erosion risk management improvement schemes to help protect Welsh homes and businesses from this problem.

“This means more construction projects, such as this one here in Rhyl,” said Griffiths.

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