London Tunnels project

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Education centre's lasting legacy

A learning centre that has taught more than 8,000 children about a £1 billion engineering project beneath the streets of London is to close.

The educational centre was launched to showcase the work being done as part of the London Power Tunnels project, a major scheme to rewire the capital.

The centre ran for five years and was run and staffed by engineers working on the project to help develop young people’s interest in science and engineering

The centre, in Willesden, north London. will leave an engineering legacy by encouraging young people’s interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and hopefully inspiring the engineers of tomorrow.

London Tunnels project

Set up in 2011 the free-to-use centre has seen pupils experience the historic engineering project close up.

Through a range of energy related interactive features and activities, it helped to strengthen understanding of energy and sustainability amongst young people.

Each visit was hosted by one of the engineers working on the project with the aim of sparking an interest in science and engineering as a career.

London Tunnels education centre
Youngsters find out about the pioneering project

The centre closes as the London Power Tunnels project enters its final stages.

The project involves the construction of 32km of tunnels which will house electricity cables that will help keep Londoners plugged into safe and reliable power supplies.

The project is progressing on time and on budget with tunnelling completed last year and cable installation well underway. The project is due to be complete and fully operational by 2018.

Gareth Burden, Senior Project Manager for the project said: “Since the very start of this project, we were determined that our hard work below ground would be matched by an engineering and educational legacy above it.

“The Energy Education Centre has been a key part of our work with local communities to inspire future generations about science and engineering, and we’ve been delighted with the response.”

He added: “I would like to thank the schools who have helped to make the centre such a huge success over the last five years.”

Thanks you to National Grid centre
A thank you note from one of the schoolchildren

While the Energy Education Centre is no longer taking bookings, National Grid’s education website has a number of downloadable resources, to deliver practical and engaging STEM based learning for youngsters.

For more information visit the London Power Tunnels website