ICE & WSP Evening Talk and Networking Event

Posted on by Will Dubin


Amazing opportunity for you to attend a lecture on one of the most important projects in London, 22 Bishopsgate, which will be the 2nd tallest building in London! Networking drinks + canapes to follow with current Imperial Civil Engineering students & staff, alumni, ICE members and WSP engineers!

Date: Monday 24th February

Time: 18:30 - 19:30 Drinks & Canapes to follow

Location: Room 201 Skempton Building, Imperial College South Kensington campus



Located on the site of an abandoned building project in the heart of London's financial district, WSP had to overcome a variety constraints above and below ground to design the second tallest building in western Europe..

When construction of The Pinnacle was halted in 2009, it left behind a three-storey basement with nine floors of concrete core and piles embedded more than 50m into the ground. Rather than excavating this ‘stump’ and beginning again, WSP were able to successfully re-use the existing foundations and incorporated more than 40% of its basement slabs into the replacement tower.

Through mega-transfer girders, inclined columns with high-strength steel cable ties, triple-storey A-frames, partial demolition of the existing basement, and partial top-down construction, the structural design unlocked the site and pushed the limits of structural engineering.

Installing an additional 85 mini piles in among the forest of existing deep piles, enabled the foundations to support a building with approximately 30% more lettable area than its predecessor.

TwentyTwo Bishopsgate also offers a more elegant design and protects more key sightlines across the city. All this was achieved surrounded by narrow streets, tall buildings and London’s valuable historical heritage.

At 278m, it will be the second-tallest building in London, demonstrating what is possible when efficient, ingenious engineering meets good design.

Alex Black-Roberts is a structural Engineer who has worked on TwentyTwo Bishopsgate for 5 years, working as part of the team that designed everything from the pile caps to the 62nd floor.



A term full of Events!

Posted on by Meena M Bashier

As always CivSoc promises a term full of exciting events! 

Ranging from talks, site visits and of course socials 

Heres a list of upcoming Spring term events, save the dates! 

Tues 28th Jan
Wed 29th Jan
Thurs 30th Jan
Wed 5th Feb
Thurs 6th Feb
Thurs 6th Feb 
Staff Seminar Series (SSS) by Prof Templeton
Site Visit - HS2 Euston Station
Industry Talk - Crossrail 2
Site Visit - Tarmac/Euromix 
Industry Talk - Burohappold
Spring Bar Night





Oh, wait...That's not even it yet.

We are having DIVERSITY WEEK on the 10th-14th of February! 

10-12 & 14th Feb Mon 10th Feb
Tues 13th Feb
Thurs 13th Feb 
Visits of Queen's Tower
Bowling with Metis Consultants
Mums & Dads Potluck
Chinese New Year Dinner




Aaaaand there's more!!!


Wed 19th Feb
Thurs 20th Feb
Thurs 20th Feb
Mon 24th Feb
Tue 25th Feb
Wed 26th Feb
Thurs 27th Feb
Tue 3rd Mar
Wed 4th Mar
Thurs 5th Mar
Fri 6th Mar
Fri 6th Mar

Visit to the Northern Line extension - Burohappold
SSS by Prof Ochieng
Career Discussion Panel w/ ICE, CGCA and alumni
Talk and networking event w/ WSP and ICE
Night of Engineering Philosophy
Site Visit to 22 Bishopsgate - WSP
Industry Talk on Pedestrian Dynamics
Spring Pub Quiz
Site Visit - Legendre
Industry Talk - COWI
CivSoc Hustings
CivSoc Olympics - 5-a-side #2


See, its a term full of events, mark your calendars, more information on individual events will be posted closer to the date! 

We've been nominated!

Posted on by Remi B Pelletier

Yes, you read that right: we've been nominated by the National Undergraduate Employability Awards as a top-ten University Society in the UK!


What's the Best University Society NUE Award?

In the NUE's own words, "This award celebrates societies who have a real passion for supporting their members with employability skills.". Out of the huge number of societies and clubs present in UK universities, we have been selected within the top 10

The award is organised by RateMyPlacement and sponsored by Entreprise Rent-A-Car!


What does this nomination mean to us?

It rewards CivSoc's hard work to help our members engage with professionals, discover the different fields of civil engineering and secure that special internship, graduate role or job they're looking for!

If you're part of a company, this is proof that we deliver! Interested in a partnership? Find info here and email us at!

We're achieving this by running:

  • the yearly CivSoc Careers Fair,
  • Shell Day, with its technical talk, application workshop, CV Clinic, and networking session,
  • industry talks: this year so far with Ramboll, Hawkins/Brown Architects, AECOM, Metis Consultants and Vinci,
  • site visits to 101 George Street - world's tallest modular construction - and to Chiswick Park Footbridge by Expedition Engineering,
  • the first Negotiation Masterclass to instill essential soft skills
  • university visit and site visits during our yearly International Tour!
  • and more next term!

Want us to organise an event or have an idea? Drop us an email at!


Autumn Term Events!

Posted on by Remi B Pelletier

CivSoc has a whole range of events planned for you: socials, careers, sports, networkings... you name it!

15th Oct   
CivSoc Careers Fair
21st Oct   
CivSoc Olympics: Rounders
30th Oct   
Modular construction - Site visit and talk by Dr Popo-Ola
31st Oct 
Queensferry Industry Talk by Ramboll
14th Nov   
Bar Night
14th Nov 
Industry Talk on Tideway by Hawkins Brown Architects
15th Nov
CivSoc Olympics: Five-a-side
19th Nov 
Negotiation Masterclass by Simon Horton
20th Nov 
Chiswick Park Footbridge site visit by Expedition Engineering
21st Nov 
Entrepreneurialism in Engineering talk by Metis Consultants
26th Nov
Mums & Dads Lunch
26th Nov 
Pub Quiz
28th Nov
Industry Talk by Vinci
12th Dec 
Christmas Dinner  

Is there an event you would like us to run? Drop us an email at

Tour to Seville

Posted on by Remi B Pelletier

This year, students elected Seville for Tour destination, which proved to be an excellent choice! During 6 days, 71 undergraduates discovered both Seville and Cadiz and visited the La Constitucion de 1812 Bridge, the Port of Seville and the Dragon Bridge. Everyone had a great time, enjoying the lovely weather, celebrating the end of term, meeting new people, bonding with students from other years and for most of us discovering Seville for the first time! Tour is always a rich experience, relevant to Civil Engineering, culturally stimulating, in a relaxed environment.

Special thanks to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College Union, Shell, Vinci, Metis, AKT II, and CGCA for their support. 

Photos available here!

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