The Institution of Civil Engineers


In an average day we will have experienced as many as five benefits of civil engineering which make our life easier, from turning on a tap or light, to flushing a toilet, catching a train or crossing a road.  The solutions that civil engineers devise lie largely hidden yet public interest is at an all time high with the recent floods, a shortage of housing and the Garden Bridge all hitting the headlines. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a charity which qualifies engineers to design and build our essential infrastructure which ultimately leads to more jobs and housing and better education and health.

For the first time in 200 years the UK has a major pipeline of projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Crossrail, now re-named The Elizabeth Line following the Queen’s visit.

As the world’s oldest professional engineering institution, ICE is raising money for the world’s first Learning and Exhibition Centre on civil engineering to open in October 2016.  Housed in a grade II listed building in Westminster and close to Buckingham Palace, it will tell the story of the great civil engineers who helped lead the industrial revolution and the shaping of modern society.  For example George Stephenson’s standard gauge which joins railway lines together is today used by over 60% of the world’s railways whilst Brunel’s tunnelling shield has been adapted for both the Channel Tunnel and Crossrail.

Modern case studies, videos and project models will be on show to inspire, educate and inform visitors and schools about the past, present and future impact of civil engineering.  Through interactive digital displays and problem solving challenges, attendees will learn how infrastructure improves our social, economic and environmental living conditions with stories that connect them to the evolution of history, science, geography, art, culture and technology.  For further information contact