Engineering 'Invisible Superheroes' to take centre stage at ICE 200 exhibition

The often untold story of how civil engineers transform lives and safeguard the future will be brought to life using comic book style heroes at ICE’s bicentennial exhibition.

As ICE gears up to host a year of activities for our 200th anniversary, the Infrastructure Learning Hub at One Great George Street will unveil a brand new 'Invisible Superheroes' exhibition.

Launching in December this year, the exhibition will tell the story of how civil engineering has helped transform lives and shape the world in which we live. It will stress how civil engineers safeguard the future for people and their families.

By adopting a comic book superhero theme the exhibition aims to inspire a new generation of civil engineers, promoting civil engineering as a career that is a creative, rewarding and fun.

Simon Venn, ICE Head of Knowledge Delivery, commented: "Since opening the ILH last year we have welcomed over 22,000 exhibition visitors who all want to learn about civil engineering. With our bicentenary we expect our Invisible Superheroes exhibition to attract an even greater number of people keen to find out about civil engineering."

The exhibition will also feature significant engineering projects from around the world submitted as part of a 200 people and projects shortlist, that showcases the best civil engineering of the past 200 years.

For example, the London Sewer Network designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette, as well as the new major London sewer upgrade Tideway project, which also launches in 2018. Tideway is the first industry partner to sponsor the exhibition.

Roger Bailey, Tideway Asset Management Director, said: "Tideway is once again very proud to be partnering with ICE to deliver another stunning exhibition that helps show the impact that civil engineering has on society."

'Invisible Superheroes – how civil engineers transform lives and shape the world around us' will open at ICE's One Great George Street headquarters in December 2017 and run throughout 2018.

For further information or to become an exhibition partner contact Simon Venn, Head of Knowledge Delivery at or call 0207 665 2163.

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