Engineer's President To Visit Dorset

23rd February, 2011
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West is hosting a 2-day visit from the President, Peter Hansford, beginning on 23rd February.

The Institution represents 80,000 civil engineers.

 As part of the visit the President is due to visit the Weymouth Relief Road, the Twins Sails Bridge in Poole and the RNLI Lifeboat College on the 24th February.

ICE President, Peter Hansford, whose background is in large infrastructure projects said: ?I am looking forward to my visit to the South West, and Dorset is set to be a particular highlight.

?The Weymouth Relief Road is a wonderful example of how environmental considerations and modern engineering can work together to benefit all. The Twin Sails Bridge is an exciting and dynamic project while the Lifeboat College is not only a vibrant piece of architecture, but also a showpiece for purpose built engineering.?

Accompanied by his wife Pam, ICE South West Regional Director, Trish Johnson, Regional Chairman, Nick Lyness, Regional Member of Council, Richard Fish and the President?s Apprentice, Paul Astle, the President will visit some key development projects through the region.

Nick Lyness, Chair of ICE South West said: ?We are pleased to welcome Peter to the South West and to show him fantastic examples of high quality private and public essential infrastructure under construction. In difficult financial times it is even more important for the SW economic future that there is continued investment in infrastructure.

?As a peninsula, our transport network is under a great deal of pressure, with limited capacity and resilience. The Cornwall floods with road and rail closures showed how fragile it can be.  The Twin Sails Bridge is an excellent example of how design innovation and engineering can be creative and benefit the community and allow economic development to take place.?

The President is due to arrive in Weymouth at 13.45, where the party are expected to break for lunch. They will then drive down the Weymouth Relief Road, a new 7km highway linking the A354 Manor Roundabout near Radipole to the to the A354 at the top of Ridgeway Hill, which is due to open in Spring 2011.  

The road is an example of the latest construction techniques matched with concern for its impact on the environment. The road includes a Park and Ride facility, provides for pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian use as well as the creation of an Environmental Mitigation Area (EMA).

The party will then visit the construction site for the Twin Sails Bridge, Poole. Plans for a second opening bridge in Poole have been discussed for many years, and the unique design is a reflection of both the site and the wider regeneration plans for the area.

Still in Poole, to bring the visit to a close, the President is due to address project representatives at a dinner hosted at the RNLI Lifeboat College. The residential college provides world class facilities to train lifeboat volunteers and supporting staff, with state of the art facilities and technology.

The South West visit begins in Plymouth on the 23rd February with an evening meeting for graduates and students, followed by a dinner for graduates and students as well as members of Devon County Council and contractors involved in Plymouth?s Life Centre and the Exeter Science Park.

On the 24th, the President will visit the Life Centre site in Plymouth before travelling to Exeter for a visit to the new Redhayes Bridge spanning the M5 at and a tour of the Exeter Science Park.