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Belfast Sewers

Upgrade Victorian sewer system to cope with modern day demands The Belfast sewer system was originally built by Victorian engineers in the 19th century. It was designed as a combined system with both sewage and storm water flowing through the same pipes. Two centuries later the Victorian system was…

Date
20 June 2023
Type
WICE Project

Edinburgh sewers

Provide a sewer system for Edinburgh to improve public health By the mid-18th century the Scottish capital of Edinburgh was a growing, increasingly prosperous city. It was also one of Europe's most densely populated, overcrowded and unsanitary urban areas. Over 50,000 people were crammed behin…

Date
20 June 2023
Type
WICE Project

Brighton Sewers

Build an effective sewer system for Victorian Brighton What is now the city of Brighton and Hove used to be a small fishing village on the south coast called Brighthelmstone. The village grew into a small town called Brighton by around 1700. The town expanded rapidly from 1750, when local phys…

Date
20 June 2023
Type
Exhibition

Water - From Source to Tap

This exhibition explores the hidden depths of water engineering and the work of behind-the-scenes heroes, who fight fatbergs and flooding, and save lives through the provision of clean water and sanitation. Featuring inspiring examples of water-related projects around the world, the exhibition is p…

Date
14 June 2024
Type
Exhibition

Time is running out

The exhibition explores the future of infrastructure and the role of civil engineers in helping society respond to the challenges of climate change and meet net zero targets by 2050. Featuring original hand-drawn illustrations and animations, six children talk to TV presenter and engineer Rob Bell a…

Date
14 June 2024
Type
WICE Project

Kolkata sewer repairs

Refurbish a network of 130-year-old brick sewers under the city of Kolkata Kolkata’s sewer system was built in 1875 by the British rulers of continental India. Kolkata (then called Calcutta) was the country’s administrative capital. Designed by engineer William Clark, Victorian Kolkata’s sewer net…

Date
28 July 2023

Sir Joseph William Bazalgette was a civil engineer in the 19th century who built London’s first sewer system (still in use today), which helped to wipe out cholera in the capital.

Bazalgette's sewage system was developed in response to the Great Stink of 1858, when, spurred on by hot weather, the wa…

Date
20 December 2023

In Victorian times construct a waste and sewage works for the city of Manchester Davyhulme wastewater treatment works is the main sewage and wastewater treatment plant for Manchester. Opened in 1894, it pioneered many sewage treatment processes. As Manchester's population grew in the late 19th centu…

Date
20 June 2023
Type
WICE Project

London sewer system

Create a sewerage system that channels it away from central London By the 1850s there were 2.5 million people living in London. That meant 2.5 million people flushing their toilet waste into the city's storm sewers every day. From there it flowed straight into the river Thames. The Thames was…

Date
28 July 2023
Type
WICE Project

Hamburg

Improve the infrastructure of 19th century Hamburg In the 19th century, what is now the German city of Hamburg developed from a modest town on the river Elbe into a world-class harbour. One of the most influential people in this development, was – perhaps surprisingly – the British civil engineer Wi…

Date
20 June 2023
Type
WICE Project

Engineers Without Borders UK

Use engineering skill and innovation to help developing countries around the world The first Engineers without Borders (EWB) group in the UK started at Cambridge University in 2001. It registered as a charity in 2003. EWB UK had its first overseas placement in 2002 with the Organisation for Social a…

Date
20 June 2023

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