Centre of engineering excellence receives Royal visitor
14:46 03 October 2014
A royal visitor has challenged a Rainham centre for engineering excellence to have formalised plans to expand before he next drops by.
The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) and East London and Essex University Technical College (Elutec), in Rainham, received a Royal visit from the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, yesterday.
The visit gave Prince Andrew the opportunity to look round the centre, of which he is a patron, and speak to students and staff.
Students Christopher Attridge and William Tighe, both from Romford, demonstrated their model of the National Grid to the Royal visitor.
The students said: “It was exciting and a privilege to meet The Duke of York. He was interested in what we were doing.”
While at the centre Prince Andrew had a working lunch with senior leaders from engineering and manufacturing businesses to discuss research and the future development of the sector in East London and Essex.
Bill Williams, CEME chief executive, said: “We had the opportunity to discuss our plans for a new innovation centre and hotel on the CEME campus and His Royal Highness has tasked me with signing the contracts on these exciting new plans before his next visit.”
To close the visit The Duke of York addressed the new Elutec students and CEME staff. He said: “It was a pleasure to have visited CEME and Elutec today. I’m keen to support the delivery of what CEME stands for. The integration of students, CEME and the industry is very important.”