Mr. George Gibby


14 JULY 2010


It is with much regret that ICE Wales Cymru has to bring to your attention that George Gibby, one time Chief Engineer to Cwmbran New Town passed away in the early hours of Saturday 10 July after a short stay in hospital.

The family are sad to record the passing of George H. Gibby, last director of Engineering and Architecture at Cwmbran Development Corporation.The Funeral will take place on Monday 26 July at St. Woolos Cathedral, Newport, Gwent at 2pm. (Afterwards family members only will attend Cwmbran Crematorium)

Refreshments will be held at the family home at Rideway House, Newport.

Mr. Gibby of Ridgeway in Newport was born in Barry in 1923 and attained his BSc in engineering from the University of Wales, Cardiff  in 1944. In his early career he worked in junior engineering positions for Monmouthshire County Council, County Borough of Newport, and Exeter City Council. After marrying Olwyn Sanders in Newport in 1953 they moved to Norwich where he took the position of Senior Assistant Engineer for Norwich City Council  He later became Principal Assistant Engineer at Plymouth City Council and worked on the Tamar Bridge project before returning to South Wales in 1966 as Deputy Chief Engineer for Cwmbran Development Corporation (C.D.C), assuming the Chief Engineering's role in 1969. At Cwmbran he oversaw development of the new town including Cwmbran Drive, re-instating the railway station and became Director of Engineering and Architecture in 1981 holding that position until CDC was disbanded and Mr. Gibby retired.  During his tenure in Cwmbran he held tandem positions as Chief Engineer to the Development Board for Rural Wales responsible for the expansion of Newtown (Powys).  After retirement he was invited to join the Building Development Committee of the National Museum of Wales as a consultant engineer for the twenty-four million pound extension.

Professionally Mr. Gibby was a staunch supporter of the Institution of Civil Engineers (I.C.E.) becoming a Member in 1953 and a Fellow in 1973.  He was also a fellow of the then Institution of Municipal Engineers, served on Committee at the British Standards Institution and worked as an examiner for 11 years for the I.C.E.  In 1980/81 he became Chairman of the South Wales Association of Civil Engineers and instigated the Project Award for civil engineering projects over three million pounds in Wales.  At that time he was concerned that his profession did not get enough publicity and that the general public  had little knowledge of the excellent work undertaken by civil engineers.  In recognition of his work and career, latterly the award was renamed the George Gibby Award.  As well as the Millennium Centre in Cardiff (2005), both the Newport City Bridge (2004) and the Newport City Footbridge (2007) fittingly won the award named after the engineer who began his career over 50 years earlier in Newport.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, his four children and 10 grand-children.