The President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is touring the Isle of Wight today (Friday).

Professor Barry Clarke is visiting several civil engineering projects on the Island – including Hovertravel’s terminal in Ryde and the Island Roads visitor centre in Newport.

Professor Clarke said:

“Innovation in civil engineering is one of the themes for my presidential year, so I am looking forward to seeing what has been done on the Isle of Wight, both to protect the coast from erosion and to deliver the Highways PFI scheme.”

Director of ICE south east England, John Laverty, said:

“We are looking forward to hearing how the PFI project will operate over the 25-year contract period.

“Other aspects of the project which are of particular interest are the proposals to keep open highways at some of the Island’s most unstable stretches.

“The challenges of delivering such a diverse project will be one of the key areas of discussion during the meeting.

“During the day he will also be taken on a tour of geotechnical features of the Island including Freshwater Bay, Afton Down, Blackgang Chine and Old Blackdown Road.

“During that tour he will be shown how coastal erosion is having an impact and what steps are being taken to protect the cost from the sea.

“We are confident Barry will be impressed by what he sees and hears during his visit to the Isle of Wight.”