Sunday, 9 August 2015

Local University of Birmingham Sports Centre project flies the flag for national engineering campaign


 
The  new University of Birmingham Sports Centre project has joined a special nationwide campaign to show the public the positive impact civil engineering has on their lives.

The “This is Civil Engineering” campaign, launched by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), sees huge banners displayed on  projects across the UK telling the public what civil engineering is, but also making a clear link between the work taking place and how it will benefit the community.

The new state-of-the-art sports centre is being constructed by Interserve, the international support services and construction group, and will be a gateway to the University for students, staff and local community. The £55m centre will encompass a unique raft of facilities, including Birmingham’s only 50m swimming pool, as well as a large multi-sport hall, a range of activity and fitness studios, a very extensive gym, six glass-backed squash courts and various other facilities. The centre will open its doors in spring 2016.

The scheme joins a host of other civil engineering projects around the country also raising their banners as part of the campaign. Other projects are also highlighting their benefits via social media forums such as Twitter and Instagram.

Kenny Guihen, ICE West Midlands Graduates & Students Chairman, unveiled the banner at a launch event at the site, also attended by the Interserve team of Simon Walton (Project Manager), David Sewell (Construction Manager), Gary Carbutt (Design Manager) and Marcus Baxendale (Senior Engineer).

Kenny commented:  “This is a fantastic project offering huge benefits to the community - it really shines a light on civil engineering and its importance to society and this is exactly what we are trying to illustrate through this campaign. I am grateful to Interserve and The University of Birmingham for getting involved.”

Interserve’s Simon Walton said: “We have a long established relationship with both the ICE and the University, so we are delighted this project can fly the flag in support of such an important campaign.”

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