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Film celebrates 500 years of engineering innovation in Plymouth

26th October, 2018
A new film, highlighting how civil engineering has shaped Plymouth and transformed the lives of people in the city, has been released by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Produced as part of ICE’s 200th anniversary celebrations and to support Government's Year of Engi-neering, ‘Engineering Plymouth’ illustrates the city’s engineering journey through time before focus-ing on its future and the people tasked with leading current major engineering projects, including the new £60million state-of-the-art Mayflower Water Treatment Works.

The film is produced by Wind & Foster and narrated by actress, comedian and writer Dawn French, who went to school in Plymouth and lives in Cornwall. The film features music by West Devon’s ac-claimed singer, songwriter and musician, Seth Lakeman.

Miranda Housden, ICE Regional Director South West, said: “Engineering Plymouth’ explores the role of civil engineers in designing, building and creat-ing our city – both in the past and into the future. It aims to highlight that civil engineering is a rewarding and creative career and hopes to encourage the next generation to join the pro-fession. 

“This truly collaborative production has bought together the community to show both the history, and the future, of this city that we all love.”



The film brings to life more than 500 years of engravings and archive photography and was support-ed by 14 regional partners and over 30 contributing organisations.

With more than 25 filming locations in Plymouth and surrounding areas, the film features iconic landmarks including Smeaton’s Tower and Tinside Lido on the Hoe, the Guildhall and St Andrew’s Church in the city centre, the Tamar and Royal Albert Bridges, Fort Bovisand in the South Hams and the Plymouth and Dartmoor Railway.

The film premieres on 5th November 2018 at Plymouth Arts Centre. There will be private screenings from 5pm and public screenings from 8pm. 

Engineering Plymouth. A film celebrating how civil engineers have helped to shape Plymouth over the last 500 years.