As a commissioner on the National Infrastructure Commission and chair of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, Lord Heseltine said he fully supports the Government's "more strategic approach to infrastructure".
Speaking at the ICE Fellows' Christmas reception he recounted his experience of leading the redevelopment of London's Docklands. He said that British engineers must continue to show they have the skills to produce engineering innovations and provide efficiencies that enable them to compete internationally with other countries.
The Christmas reception in the One Great George Street Great Hall saw more than 250 senior members of the industry share their experiences of the past year over dinner and drinks.
Newly elected ICE President Professor Tim Broyd also spoke, continuing his presidential theme of digital engineering. He called for members to innovate and collaborate to ensure the industry provides the smart infrastructure needed for the modern world.
He called on engineers to be bold and to embrace change, such as new disruptive technologies.
Robbie Owen, partner at Pinsent Masons, discussed the law firm's recent work with ICE and other partners to develop the National Needs Assessment. This has become a blueprint for the government-backed National Infrastructure Commission's own National Infrastructure Assessment, due in 2018.
The evening was led by ICE London Chair Lawrie Quinn, who encouraged Fellows to get involved in ICE's activities over 2017, such as events supporting ICE's influential thought leadership/ICE Thinks campaigns.
"It was a great honour to have Lord Heseltine, Tim and Robbie show their support and understanding of the challenges that the engineering profession faces.
"Throughout 2016, we have, with the support of Pinsent Masons, provided our Fellows with informative breakfast briefings with key decision makers and fascinating site visits. We have a similarly exciting programme for 2017 and I encourage all Fellows to participate."
ICE London would like to thank Pinsent Masons for supporting the 2016 Fellows Programme and Christmas Reception.
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