After showing the presenter the world record breaking LEGO bridge, he explained the exhibition's aim of opening up civil engineering to the public, and described the important role that bridges play in linking communities, countries and jobs. They also took a tour of some of the great artefacts in the exhibition, which showcase the great contribution of British engineers, such as Brunel and Telford to the world. Sir John also extolled the expertise of British engineers who are working on major infrastructure projects around the world.
The exhibition sits at the heart of the newly refurbished Grade II listed library, in a brand new Infrastructure Learning Hub, an interactive public space where the built environment industry can tell engaging stories about how their work makes a positive difference to society.
With the Autumn Statement around the corner, the conversation turned to infrastructure investment and Sir John explained that the UK is failing to reach the OECD's recommendation of a 3% of GDP spend on infrastructure. Current figures suggest that the UK is spending just 1.7%. He also urged quicker infrastructure decision making processes, pointing out that the vast majority of time taken to complete projects is taken up by the 'talking about it' rather than the actual construction.