Engineering President Visits Science Park On South West Tour

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

The President will be touring the new Redhayes Bridge and the Exeter Science Park development on 24th February with representatives from Devon County Council who commissioned the bridge, designers and project supervisors Parsons Brinckerhoff and construction engineers, Carillion.

ICE President, Peter Hansford said: ?I am looking forward to my visit to the South West, and the Redhayes Bridge in particular. It?s an exciting and innovative design which is the first in Britain to meet the new Eurocodes standards, so it is absolutely cutting edge as well as attractive.

?Redhayes Bridge is a good example of what civil engineering is all about ? people. A stunning pedestrian and cycle bridge reconnecting an old right of way illustrates to me how good design and modern engineering can be brought together to improve our quality of life and to benefit the local economy.?

Head of Waste, Engineering and Transport Services for Devon County Council, David Whitton said: ?We are very pleased to welcome the President to Exeter to see the bridge and Science Park in person. This is a significant development, which will enable the local economy and communities to the East of Exeter to grow and flourish.

?The bridge is the first step in the process, providing a vital link for businesses and people to use and enjoy as the Science Park develops, as well encouraging more sustainable forms of transport.?

Arriving at the Science Park at 11.15, the President and his party will be given a tour of Redhayes Bridge, part of a ?5.5m scheme of regeneration and infrastructure development financed by government?s Community Infrastructure Fund. The ?3.75 million 100m long cycle and footbridge spans the M5 north of Junction 29 and reinstates a former public right of way on an existing east-west route that was lost when the M5 was built in the mid-1970s.  The bridge was manoeuvred into place on the 13th February using the largest crane in Europe, with the two side spans lifted into place this weekend.

Exeter Science Park is being developed as the prime location for science-based business nurturing and development. Facilities will include state of the art office and business space as well as access to support and advice for new companies.

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 a number of other key development projects throughout the region.

In the morning of the 24th, the President will visit the Life Centre in Plymouth before travelling to Exeter. The party will leave Devon for Dorset to tour the Weymouth Relief Road followed by a visit to the Twin Sails Bridge in Poole.

The President is due to address key project representatives at the RNLI?s Lifeboat College, also at Poole, at dinner that evening to bring the visit to a close.