Infrastructure Learning Hub takes shape to inspire and provide solutions

31 August 2016
Ramboll has joined forces with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) as a Founding Partner helping to fund its Infrastructure Learning Hub, which is part of the ‘Shaping the World’ initiative.
Artist's impression of Infrastructure Learning Hub at ICE headquarters, London

Artist's impression of Infrastructure Learning Hub at ICE headquarters, London

Nicki Marsh. Ramboll

Nicki Marsh

Head of Marketing & Communications, UK
T: +44 7918 151 074

As a Founding Partner, Ramboll is helping to fund ICE’s Infrastructure Learning Hub (ILH), which is a state-of-the-art, interactive exhibition and learning space devoted to the broad disciplines of civil engineering with infrastructure as its focus.

Situated at ICE’s One Great George Street headquarters in London, the ILH opens in October 2016 and will be a permanent display space with a major new exhibition run twice a year. It will be home to a series of exhibitions designed to tell the story of civil engineering in an interactive and engaging way. It will also bring globally important issues to the attention of visitors and offer an insight into how the civil engineering community is designing solutions to help tackle these new and complex challenges.

The ILH supports ICE's 'Shaping the World' initiative and Infrastructure Transformation programme which are concerned with how disruptive global challenges (such as climate change, increasing urban populations, and emerging technologies) are changing the way we use infrastructure and the demands we place upon it; and are forcing us to re-think the way we work.

A key objective of the ILH is to develop the knowledge base and skills needed to recruit and retain more engineers. It will be designed to motivate and engage young people by bringing engineering to life, and support thought leadership, inspiration and skills development.

  • For practising engineers the ILH will inspire pride in the industry, provide a professional services centre to meet and work from as well as a digital resource to support knowledge transfer.
  • For those studying to become engineers it will help to improve skills, give direction and motivation as well as offering knowledge resources to support their studies.
  • For children, teachers and parents, the exhibitions will excite and capture the imagination, act as a catalyst for children’s interest in an engineering career and inspire more people to visit through word-of-mouth recommendation.

ILH exhibitions will utilise a mixture of display units, films, models and cutting edge technology such as virtual reality headsets so that visitors interact with the space as much as possible. Younger visitors will also have access to model building materials such as LEGO and K’Nex to help make the link between learning and play.

The first exhibition, ’Bridge Engineering’, will feature a magnificent 32m bridge made entirely out of LEGO® bricks which it is hoped will break a Guinness World Record for the longest LEGO® bridge.

Ramboll is the 11th Founding Partner along with: Atkins, AECOM, Carillion, Costain Ltd, John Laing, Kier, Mace Foundation, Mott MacDonald, VINCI Construction UK Ltd and WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff.


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