Flying the flag for national engineering campaign

Phase two of the Connswater Community Greenway in East Belfast has joined a special nationwide campaign to show the public the positive impact civil engineering has on their lives.

The Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) “This is Civil Engineering” campaign sees huge banners displayed on infrastructure 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 local community.

When complete, the Connswater Community Greenway will include a C.S. Lewis-themed civic square, 16km of new walking and cycling routes, six tourism heritage trails, several landmark public art pieces and more. We are joining a host of other civil engineering projects around the country that have also raised their banners as part of the campaign or showcased their benefits via social media forums using the hashtag #thisiscivilengineering.

(Launching the #Thisiscivilengineering banner on what will become the C.S. Lewis Civic Square)

ICE Northern Ireland Regional Director Richard Kirk unveiled the banner at a launch event at the earlier this week and was joined by Stephanie Meenagh of East Belfast Partnership, David Porter and Owen McGivern of Rivers Agency, Paul Sheppard of Farrans, and ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Arup representatives Carol Andrews, Reuben Lucas, Chris Caves and John McGill.

Kirk commented:

“The Connswater Community Greenway is a fantastic project offering huge social, health and environmental benefits to Belfast – it really shines a light on civil engineering and its importance to society, which is exactly what we are trying to illustrate through this campaign. The project is a prime example of how civil engineering improves quality of life for all members of the community.”

Chris Caves, Project Director for Arup, commented:

“Arup is delighted to be involved in this once- in-a-generation civil engineering project.  The engineering not only provides enhanced public spaces and increased flood protection to local homes and businesses, but also provides very significant health and well-being benefits to the surrounding communities. Farrans Construction, as you can see today, is visible across a number of work fronts delivering the scheme to an excellent standard. This project is an excellent example of the positive and integral role civil engineers play in today’s society.”