Institution praises Engineering projects
THE regional president of the Institution of Civil Engineers has visited two key engineering projects in Plymouth.
Barry Clarke met ICE fellows, graduates and members during his stop, which began with a breakfast meeting and presentation from the team behind the £140million Devonport incinerator.
He later visited the site of the Plymouth Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power Plant, which will be able to burn 245,000 tons or waste a year, at Devonport Dockyard.
Mr Clarke also called at the newly opened COAST wave tank laboratory at Plymouth University, which is used for testing models of marine energy devices. Mr Clarke said: "As an academic, this visit to Plymouth has been truly fascinating.
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"The COAST facility is a wonderful addition to Plymouth University, as a teaching tool but also as a way of engaging with industry."
He added: "Visiting the Energy from Waste plant was another example of brilliant engineering, demonstrating how innovation can help solve the problems of landfill and energy generation simultaneously.
"I was particularly pleased to see how keen the developers are to educate, both via contact with Plymouth University and by welcoming residents to tour the site and understand its purpose."
Peter Marsh, of construction firm Kier, the main contractor at the Devonport site, said: "It was fantastic to welcome the president of the institution to our construction site; it is very much a local project with a large number of the team based in and around Plymouth.
"We are proud of the work being done here and having Barry witness what we are trying to achieve was a privilege."
Mr Clarke also met graduate members, discussing how to develop interest and inspire young people to take up engineering as a career.
Martin Borthwick, associate head of Plymouth University's School of Marine Science and Engineering, and chairman of the ICE South West regional committee, said: "We were delighted to welcome the president to Plymouth.
"There is a lot of fantastic work going on in the city and it was a worthwhile experience sharing this with such an important member of our organisation."