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New radio series celebrates Manchester’s civil engineering achievements

07 January 2016

The Institution of Civil Engineers North West has teamed-up with Manchester-based community and internet radio station ALL FM to tell the story of “the engineering of the first modern city” in a series of radio programmes starting next Monday

Darrell Matthews, North West Regional Director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, said today:
“Manchester is a showcase of fantastic civil engineering. In historical terms this has included Britain’s first modern canal, the world’s first intercity railway and the UK’s longest aqueduct – but it’s a success story that looks set to continue into the future, with smart motorways, greener sewage treatment and better public transport infrastructure.

“The Institution of Civil Engineers is often called ‘the voice of infrastructure’, so we thought we’d use that voice to tell this fantastic story on radio and celebrate the achievements of the world’s first modern city. The programmes will not only look at history but will look ahead to the big infrastructure projects affecting us, such as HS2 and the Atlantic Gateway.”

Making Manchester: The engineering of the first modern city, presented by Spencer Fitz-Gibbon, will air at 9 a.m. on Mondays during January and February on ALL FM 96.9 and Recordings will be held on Mixcloud so it will be possible to listen at any time. Tie-in videos hosted on YouTube will be shared over social media to help publicise the programmes.

The first programme will air on Monday 11 January: The Venice of the North will tell the story of Britain’s first modern canals – and how Greater Manchester’s canal network is undergoing a renaissance and playing an increasingly valuable role in the life of the city today.
Further information on the Making Manchester series can be found at

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