ICE launches commemorative book to mark 200-year anniversary

The new Shaping the World book celebrates the vital unsung role of infrastructure projects and the invisible superheroes who’ve shaped the world around us.

The ICE 200 Shaping the World book is available to buy now.
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The ICE 200 Shaping the World book is available to buy now.

Speaking at the very first ICE ENGage event at One Great George Street, Nathan Baker, ICE director of Engineering Knowledge, and Anna Danby, publishing director of Artifice Press, introduced the official bicentenary book.

Shaping the World celebrates civil engineering projects which have transformed lives around the world.

Produced in conjunction with publisher St James House, Shaping the World is a beautifully designed and expertly written large format hardback book, which profiles influential projects that best illustrate the impact of civil engineering on people’s lives.

Featuring photography and ICE archival images throughout, the book tells the varied stories behind civil engineering and brings to life the world that civil engineers have created.

Speaking to an audience of members and industry figures, Mr Baker said:

“Projects selected for this book were agreed based on their impact across the globe and offer real insight into how infrastructure has truly shaped the world around us.

“The ICE 200 programme of activity has changed the way in which the Institution engages with the public. What you do is fantastic. You genuinely shape the world, and we need to tell the world about what you do.

“So, enjoy the book, revel in it, and be proud of it and what you do.”

The book is the culmination of two years of hard work from volunteers across the breadth of ICE’s membership, offering their expert knowledge.

At the ENGage event, congratulations and thanks were paid to all contributors who worked behind the scenes on the book.

In particular Carol Morgan, ICE archivist, and Gordon Masterton, past president and chair of ICE’s Panel for Historical Engineering Works, were recognised for working tirelessly to source content and archive material for a significant number of the publication’s profiles.

Shaping the World is available for purchase at

All ICE members are entitled to a free digital version of the book and will receive more information shortly on how to access their copy.


The Shaping the World book launch was one of several highlights at the ENGage event.

The evening also featured key presentations from Highways England, Anglian Water, and Hyperloop, discussing future cities and infrastructure challenges and how these could be addressed.

Attendees also heard talks on projects which have been supported by ICE’s Research Enabling Fund.

A marketplace-style exhibition in the Great Hall and Infrastructure Learning Hub gave guests a further opportunity to network and see the latest innovations.

Leading industry exhibitors including @OneAlliance, Highways England, Innogy, AECOM, Amey, WSP, Sir Robert McAlpine, Ørsted, Jacobs, and John Sisk & Son Ltd provided demonstrations of the innovations that are changing the face of infrastructure.

For further information on future ENGage events, please contact [email protected].