ICE bridges the gaps with Hungary

ICE and the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers build on relationship with a new agreement made in Budapest at ICE200 event.

Lucy Rew and the agreement of co-operation
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Lucy Rew and the agreement of co-operation
  • Updated: 12 September, 2018
  • Author: Rob Curd
 ICE has signed an agreement of co-operation with the Hungarian Chamber of Engineers (MMK), to strengthen a bond that goes back over 160 years.

Lucy Rew, ICE council member, and Gyula Nagay, president of the MMK, signed the contract at a conference in Budapest, Hungary, marking the 200th anniversary of the ICE.

The event was opened by ICE patron Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, and Janos Ader, the president of Hungary, at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. They highlighted the role civil engineers have played in delivering social value through infrastructure.

The best example of the longstanding relationship between the UK and Hungary is the Szechenyi Chain Bridge, a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between the western and eastern sides of Budapest.

The bridge, the first to permanently connect Buda to Pest, was led by Count István Széchenyi, designed by English engineer William Tierney Clark, and built by Scottish engineer Adam Clark. Its construction was completed in 1849.

As part of the event, a huge public exhibition was displayed in Budapest’s Saint Stephen’s Square, featuring the ICE200 campaign’s 200 projects and Invisible Superheroes, as well as inspiring Hungarian projects selected by MMK.

Meanwhile, ICE Superhero Water Woman - real-life engineer Brittany Harris - also made an appearance at the Budapest event.

She challenged the audience to contribute to the UN sustainable development goals, encouraging attendees to be disruptive, challenging, and to ask what difference they can make.

She also highlighted how the forthcoming Global Engineering Congress is a unique opportunity for the community to come together to help deliver the goals.