A walk through the engineering past, present & future of London, travelling from Westminster along the river to London Bridge with expert guides explaining how the city has been shaped by engineers like Brunel & Bazalgette
The spread of government offices down Whitehall led to the compulsory purchase of the previous headquarters building of ICE in 1908, which was on part of the site where the Treasury building now stands. ICE was offered the freeholds of 1-5 Great George Street and £30,000 as compensation; ICE purchased 6-7 to enable construction of the current building with the north-west corner being completed in the 1930s once the freeholds of 8-9 Great George Street expired.
Monday 25th October 1910 marks the date the foundation stone was laid, followed by the building's opening on 4th November 1913. In 2010 we celebrated 100 years since our foundation stone was laid with a commemorative centenary time capsule and plaque.
This leading Westminster venue was Grade II listed on 26th July 1984. It is a magnificent, Edwardian building with rich neo-Palladian and Baroque interior.
The front and side elevation as well as entrance hall and area under the main dome are of Whitbed Portland Stone. It is a steel framed structure, the second to be erected in London after the Ritz hotel in 1905. This was made possible by the London Building Regulation changes in 1909.
Significant thought was given to the names of the function rooms and all have been dedicated in remembrance of eminent engineers with particular connection to the Institution or with engineering history.
Particular emphasis in the design was the desire to create the feeling of light and space throughout. This was achieved by the inclusion of four glass domes, installed over the entrance foyer and rotunda, the main staircase, the Presidents' staircase and in the Telford Theatre. (This depiction of the domes now forms the present day One Great George Street logo.)
The tour goes on to the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Bridge and looks over to the London Eye, before proceeding along the North Bank via Victoria Embankment (Bazalgette's Sewer), Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Station. Then to the South Bank and Tate Modern, Southwark Bridge and the Millennium Bridge, finishing at London Bridge.