2018 to be Year of the Engineer

The government is looking to mark the opening of the £15bn Crossrail project by declaring 2018 the official ‘Year of the Engineer’.

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Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced the policy intention in his speech to the Conservative party conference yesterday, although there was scant detail accompanying it.

He said: “We should recognise what brilliant engineers we have in this country. I am immensely proud of what they achieve. And so in 2018 – when Crossrail is complete – I want us to do something special. A year of the engineer – to excite a new generation of Brunels, Stephensons and Telfords.”

2018 will also be the bicentenary of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

First published by The Construction Index