ICE President Sir John Armitt visits Scotland

Scotland has a magnificent legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games infrastructure, but civil engineers will have to be even more innovative, flexible, integrated and adaptable to meet the challenges facing them in the future.

ICE President Sir John Armitt
ICE President Sir John Armitt

These will be amongst the key messages delivered by Sir John Armitt, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and a Commissioner on the UK Government's National Infrastructure Commission, during a three-day visit to Scotland this week.

During his visit Sir John will meet senior figures from Scottish Government, industry and academia, as well as visiting the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh; viewing progress on the construction of the new 1.7-mile Queensferry Crossing over the River Forth; delivering a keynote address at the Construction Expo for Scotland (Scotland Build) at Glasgow's SECC; before visiting Glasgow Commonwealth Games legacy sites including the SSE Hydro 12,000 seater arena, the Athletes' Village, the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, and the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

Visiting the Commonwealth Games sites will allow Sir John, Chairman of the 2012 London Olympic Delivery Authority (2007-14), to see the lessons Glasgow learned and employed from the London games and to been shown how the legacy from the infrastructure is now being developed.

During his visit Sir John will also be speaking at the ICE Scotland Glasgow & West of Scotland branch 112th Annual Dinner where, again, he will re-emphasise the need for civil engineers to keep questioning the "why" of what they do and for ICE itself to remain dynamic, flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the modern engineering world.

Sir John will point out that if ICE members wish their organisation to be a genuine influence upon decision-makers, policy makers, and infrastructure growth and development, then civil engineers need to realise the impact and outputs of their work in the bigger picture, beyond merely the technical inputs.

He will also outline how he sees the industry developing with increasing consolidation leading to a wider coming together of contractors and designers, the inevitable changes in how ICE deals with this changing working environment, and the need for the consolidation if the UK wants to remain competitive.

The ICE President will present certificates to members with 50 years membership of ICE at a special ceremony prior to the dinner.