Event Organiser: ICE

How London’s pioneers built our city, London


  • Lecture
  • London
  • 06 March 2018
  • 18:30 - 20:00
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About this event

Over the last 200 years, civil engineers have transformed London from a small town to a world city. London's sewer system saved the city from a major public health crisis; our roads, railways and bridges allowed the city to grow; our flood defences have continued to provide reliable protection; and engineers have continued to provide the ever growing city with clean water and energy.

Civil engineering's pioneers built with the future in mind, for example providing us with a sewer system that has seen us through from Victorian times up to the present day.

This lecture will celebrate our great past and look at what current day civil engineers can learn from the past as they strive to ensure London's continued growth and resilience.


Janet Miller, CEO, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology)

Janet Miller

Janet Miller joined MOLA in January 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. MOLA is one of the UK's leading organisations engaged in archaeological excavation and research in London and the UK. She studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University, working initially as Field Archaeologist, before moving on to join Gifford and Partners and later Atkins, where she rose to Director Cities and Development, leading the Atkins Future Proofing Cities programme.

Alistair Lenczner, Director, Expedition

Alistair Lenczner

A Fellow of the ICE, Alistair Lenczner has over 30 years cross-discipline design experience working on major building and infrastructure projects in London and internationally. He joined Expedition Engineering in 2014 after having spent 16 years with architects Foster + Partners and 13 years with consulting engineers Arup before.

Projects on which he has played a significant part in shaping include the new Wembley Stadium, the Millau Viaduct in France and the Slussen Masterplan in central Stockholm. Whilst at Foster + Partners Alistair was instrumental in developing a proposal for a new Inner Thames Estuary Airport.

Recently has been involved in the design of the new HS2 Station at London Euston. Alistair is currently also a tutor at the Architectural Association.


Steve Lee, Associate Director, Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend

Steve Lee

Steve has over 17 years' consultancy experience within the infrastructure sector and currently runs a Global Programme Management Office to report and drive improvement across Shell's Real Estate portfolio. Prior to this he led a major change programme within Network Rail and has worked extensively with public sector bodies, including eight years in a client based project management role with the Environment Agency.

Steve is currently Junior Vice-Chair for Knowledge on the ICE London's Regional Committee and a member of the ICE London Regional Executive Board.

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