Beckton STW plays a part in ICE's 'happy' video
Thames Water's Beckton Sewage Treatment Works (STW) features among some of London's most iconic infrastructure projects in a new video produced by Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) London, in association with Bechtel, to promote civil engineering as a career opportunity.
The video, Engineering Happiness, features civil engineers dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit single "Happy". As well as Beckton STW, other infrastructure projects featured in the video include the Thames Barrier, Crossrail and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Some well-known civil engineers and politicians are also spotted happy and dancing in the film including Sir John Armitt, who led the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Games venues and infrastructure, ICE’s director general, Nick Baveystock and Cllr Victoria Borwick AM, deputy mayor of London.
ICE London director Miranda Housden, said: “Only half of 11-14 year olds would consider a career in engineering, and less than one in ten plans to be an engineer once they finish their education. This is because they don’t know enough about the profession and the exciting and rewarding careers that are in their grasp, and also carry the perception that engineering is uncreative and boring.
“We want to bust this myth, showcasing through the communication networks young people use and the music they listen to, some of the awe inspiring projects civil engineers are delivering and who our people really are – creative, smart, diverse teams whose work makes a difference to our lives every single day whether protecting us from flooding, getting us to work, ensuring we have clean water or designing and building magnificent sporting venues."
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