The Westminster Address
The history of our events venue starts with the Westminster address and SW1 postcode. The building, designed by James Miller, is the headquarters of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the world's first professional engineering body.
The spread of government offices down Whitehall led to the compulsory purchase of the previous headquarters building in 1908 which was on part of the site where the Treasury building now stands. ICE was offered the freeholds of 1-5 Great George Street and £30,000 as compensation; ICE purchased 6-7 to enable construction of the current building with the north-west corner being completed in the 1930's once the freeholds of 8-9 Great George Street expired.
Monday 25th October 1910 marks the date the foundation stone was laid, followed by the building's opening on 4th November 1913. In 2010 we celebrated 100 years since our foundation stone was laid with a commemorative centenary time capsule and plaque.