London's infrastructure

High-quality, robust and forward-thinking engineering is fundamental to the growth and functioning of London, as it touches almost every aspect of our lives: water, waste, energy, transport and infrastructure.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and its members work to shape the world we live in. Its partnership with Open House London helps to highlight just how important civil engineering is to London and its future. Explore infrastructure and engineerig feats throughout Open House London and find out more here

Upgrading our transport system:

  • Crossrail - Pudding Mill Lane - Crossrail reaches the surface at Pudding Mill Lane, so a new station was needed. The station has been designed to accomodate future increases in passenger demand as well as to incorporate escalators at a later date
  • St Pancras International - renowned for its Victorian architecture, St Pancras Station was opened in 1868 and is a Grade I listed building. A new terminal was constructed for Eurostar services to continental Europe.


  • University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street - the new library and academic building is located along an approach from Greenwich Town to Greenwich Park within Maritime Greenwich, the UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • City Heights E-ACT Academy - this exciting new secondary school will provide 900 places for pupils aged 11-16 and a further 200 places for young people aged 16-18

Mitigating flood risk:

  • Thames Barrier & Information Centre - in operation since 1982, this is one of the world's largest moveable flood barriers

Ground-breaking structural achievements

  • The Coca-Cola London Eye - the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, now a much-loved symbol of modern Britain
  • Emirates Air Line - the first urban cable car in the UK. It crosses the river between North Greenwich and Silvertown.

Special ICE events and tours:

  • One Great George Street - Institution of Civl Engineers - Grade II* listed HQ of the world's premier enginnering institution, the first of its kind, and a fine example of Edwardian architecture
  • Boat Tours - London's Engineering Heritage - Live commentary from London's leading engineers on aspects including Bazalgette's legacy, flood risk management, current and future engineering landmarks and London's historical structures
  • Engineering Highlights Cycle Tour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Join leading engineer Andrew Weir, director Expedition Engineering, and architect Kay Hughes, Director, Khaa, to explore the Olympic Park's enabling works and the construction of the venues, through to the utilities and their supporting infrastructure.

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“Open House provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase to the wider public the vital role that engineers play in enhancing quality of life and prosperity in the capital. The ICE is delighted to be an official partner this year and we hope that our boat tours, site visits and guided walks will excite and engage a broad range of people of all ages in a better appreciation of the built environment and civil engineering.”Suzanne Moroney, Director of ICE London


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