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Eden biomes listed in UK's wonders of engineering

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 14, 2013

The biomes of the Eden Project, designed by acclaimed architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, are among the country's Top 8 modern engineering wonders

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Cornwall's iconic Eden Project has been named as one of the country's eight "modern engineering wonders".

The environmental attraction's now world-famous biomes were ranked alongside seven other technological feats to mark Tomorrow's Engineers Week.

The list, which showcases how engineers use their skills to make a difference, was decided by votes from more than 50 engineers from leading companies including BAE Systems, Bentley Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Laing O'Rourke and the University of Birmingham.

Announcing the modern marvels, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: "The eight engineering wonders go to show not only how exciting and innovative the nation is, but also the everyday impact engineers have on the world.

"It is becoming the new norm for young people to choose either university or an apprenticeship and we are taking major action both in government and across industry.

"One of our main aims is to attract more young people, especially girls, into engineering professions and to show parents and teachers that engineering is an aspirational career choice."

The Eden Project, in a former china clay pit at Bodelva, near St Austell, opened in March 2001.

It was designed by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw whose world-acclaimed portfolio of buildings also includes the Waterloo Eurostar terminal, France's national library and the Berlin Stock Exchange. Peter Stewart, Eden's interim joint executive director, said: "We feel very proud to be included in such a prestigious list and pleased that Eden's architecture and its ability to create awe and wonderment has been recognised in this way."

Others which made the "eight wonders" included the Lifesaver water bottle which was invented by British engineer Michael Pritchard in response to natural disasters and is manufactured in Colchester. It looks like an ordinary sports bottle but contains an advanced filtration system that makes bacteria and virus-ridden water safe to drink in seconds.

Player analysis technology which is led by British firms like OPTA and is changing the way we watch and enjoy sport, also made the list. Another "wonder" voted for by young engineers was the Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial aircraft, which supports some 100,000 British engineering jobs.

John Roberts, the UK's chief engineer for the Airbus A380, said: "Aviation is a very long terms business, the success we enjoy today comes as a result of investment decisions taken decades ago and it can take many years to 'grow' a highly skilled aerospace engineer.

"[Youngsters] are our life blood and absolutely key to our future success which is why we reach out to schools, colleges and universities to talk to young people and attract the brightest and best, offering them opportunities to be part of an exciting and dynamic global success story."


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