For ICE's 200th anniversary we are celebrating the role civil engineers play in transforming lives and safeguarding our future.

Invisible Superheroes is our year long exhibition at One Great George Street, focusing on the unsung heroes behind some of the world’s most amazing engineering projects.

Using state-of-the-art technology the exhibition brings to life the best examples of civil engineering. The unique comic book look will help inspire the next generation of engineers and create a memorable experience for everyone who visits .

​Join us in celebrating the crucial role engineers have played for society throughout the past 200 years.

visit the exhibition zones

Smart Infrastructure

Smart infrastructure

Learn how civil engineers are using smart technology to meet the needs of an ever growing, urbanising population. Cities around the world must become more energy efficient and forward-looking engineers are vital to enable sustainable growth.

The story of smart infrastructure

Environmental impact

Environmental impact

Universal access to clean water and combating the effects of climate change around the world are key issues civil engineers have to face head on. This exhibition zone will explore the scale and response to fundamental challenges like providing billions of people with drinking water.

The story of environmental impact

Connected communities

Connected communities

Everytime we take a journey, whether going to work, visiting friends and family or to explore new places, civil engineers helped build the roads, railways and airports that get us there. Discover how ever more communities around the world are getting connected, enabling people to travel to the far reaches of the world.

The story of connected communities


At the exhibition you can:

  • Explore projects that have changed the world
  • Meet the ICE Invisible Superhero characters
  • Watch  films and animations in the new mini-movie theatre
  • Experience a virtual reality dive into engineering
  • Access interactive content including films, interviews, games and quizzes
  • Learn about ICE and how it helps shape the world
  • Build your own bridges and tunnel boring machines
  • Share a selfie with our superhero characters #icesuperhero

Visit the exhibition

Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Closed weekends and public holidays.

Please note that due to an internal event, the exhibition will be closed on 15 December 2017.

Free admission

All exhibition visitors must sign in at the main reception desk at One Great George Street.

Accessibility information for One Great George Street

Group bookings and school visits

Groups of 10 or more and school groups are welcome but must book in advance with our visitor coordinator (contact details right).


Our cafê or Brasserie One restaurant offer everything from a coffee to a three course meal.

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Contact us

To book schools and groups of 10 or more:

Debra Francis, Visitor Experience Coordinator
t: +44 (0)207 665 2043

To hire exhibition space
(available from 6pm onwards, weekdays)

For media enquiries please contact:
t: +44 (0)207 665 2104

The Institution of Civil Engineers

One Great George Street
United Kingdom

Meet the superheroes

ICE is made up of over 90,000 superheroes in 150 countries around the world. Meet some of our superheroes below, from our earliest to our newest members and decide what kind of civil engineering superhero you are.

discuss the global issues

Sustainable communities

By 2050 the population will reach 9 billion. Civil engineers need sustainable ways to develop the built environment these people will live in, and must help minimise the impact of climate change and flooding.

Clean water

663 million people worldwide still don’t have access to clean drinking water. Poor sanitation and dirty water creates a health crisis. Civil engineers continue to come up with new solutions to help developing countries access clean water.

Climate action

12.6 million people die each year due to pollution, extreme weather and climate related disease, yet global emissions continue to increase. Civil engineers are working to deliver cleaner infrastructure and renewable energy sources.

What superhero are you?

ICE is looking for civil engineering superheroes across the world.

Submit your profile for the chance to be featured in the exhibition. We’ll make these into a ‘Top Trump’ style card, creating a deck of engineering ideas to be shared around the world.

The 10 best submissions will have artwork professionally designed and printed and will join our legion of featured superheroes in One Great George Street.

Submit your profile

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In partnership with Year of Engineering 2018

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