TPS | News - TPS and Carillion supporting ICE: Shaping the World

Industry leaders uniting with ICE to fund state of the art exhibition and learning centre

Carillion, supported by TPS, is one of seven leading contractors and consultants who have joined forces with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to help fund a new state-of-the-art engineering exhibition and learning centre to help inspire the next generation of engineers and demonstrate the diverse career opportunities available to young people.


Shaping the world

Artist impression of the new exhibition and learning centre

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. The Shaping the World appeal  is funding other projects including a resilience lecture series and a report to be presented to the Hong Kong government exploring low carbon living for a high density environment beyond 2030.  Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is Patron of the appeal.

Carillion, together with AECOM, Costain Limited, 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.

Founding partners will be invited to display structural and digital models, installations and case studies to tell a story of how their projects have connected people, socially, economically and physically to improve their wellbeing.  

ICE Director General, Nick Baveystock, commented: "ICE is thrilled to welcome these seven giants of industry as Founding Partners of our exciting space. Our message to those yet to join is simple - exhibit with us, inspire with us. If we are to motivate young people to follow in our footsteps and become tomorrow's innovators we must take this opportunity to pool our resources, and share our stories as a means of trumpeting our achievements."

Carillion CEO Richard Howson said: "Solving skills shortages and engaging a diverse range of people with inspiring engineering career opportunities is fundamental to the future of our economy and national infrastructure.  Partnering with the Exhibition and Learning Centre, and taking that enthusiasm into the communities where we work and live, will be key to motivating people to gain essential skills and pursue rewarding, exciting careers to shape our future world."

TPS Schal Managing Director, Joan Murray said: "Being a founding member of the ICE Hub clearly demonstrates our commitment as an organisation, in encouraging more young people to study STEM and in particular engineering. It aligns perfectly with our role in the "Your Life" campaign and delivers the clear message that we in Carillion want to play an active role in addressing the challenge around STEM. I am delighted to be involved enabling me to represent TPS Schal delivering on this strategy."