VINCI Construction UK is one of seven leading contractors and consultants to join forces with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to help fund a new state-of-the-art engineering exhibition and learning centre which will help inspire the next generation of engineers and demonstrate the diverse career opportunities available to young people.
The exhibition and learning centre, which will open in 2016 at ICE’s London headquarters, forms part of ICE’s Shaping the World appeal – an international campaign which brings together the greatest civil engineering minds across the globe to help alleviate the effects of major future challenges. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is Patron of the appeal.
AECOM, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Mace Foundation, VINCI Construction UK Limited and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff have become the first Founding Partners of the exhibition and learning centre. Together they have pledged over £300,000, and ICE has promised to match industry donations to the £850,000 project. ICE is now renewing its call to the rest of industry to follow suit and to join as Partners to help raise the remaining funds needed to bring the vision to life.
The exhibition centre will be an interactive space for young people, teachers, parents and practicing engineers, bringing civil engineering to life with model replicas, installations and digital prototypes of iconic structures, engineering games and 3D printers – making the link between digital and the physical.
Commenting on the benefits of the project, Bruno Dupety said: “Civil engineering creates the infrastructure that connects people and business. Through improved transport infrastructure it enhances employment and trading opportunities, locally and worldwide. Innovative ways of providing cost-effective and sustainable sources of energy, power and water are all vital to meet the increased demand of future generations. Creating an opportunity to learn more about how civil engineering can play a key role in shaping the future by driving economic growth will raise the status of the profession and help to attract the highest calibre of young people to the industry.”