CIOB tribute to honorary fellow Prince Philip

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh (Image: Dreamstime/Jamie Roach)

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has paid tribute to Prince Philip, after he died at the age of 99.

The Duke of Edinburgh was an honorary fellow of the CIOB, an award presented to him in 1958.

He was involved in many charities, mainly those reflecting his special interests in technological research, conservation of the environment and engineering and construction.

Giving the first annual Duke of Edinburgh lecture in 1974, he said: “Building has become one of the most important factors in our national life. The quality of life in the home, in offices, in factories and in other places of work and leisure depends directly on the quality of the buildings…I hope that the staff and members of the CIOB will be inspired to redouble their efforts to raise standards and improve efficiency in this vital area.”

Caroline Gumble, chief executive of the CIOB, said: “Prince Philip was a wonderful advocate for the difference that the built environment can make in people’s lives. He understood that the quality of buildings and the experiences of those using them has the power to be a positive force. His understanding of these issues and ability to convey their importance will be missed. He was a unique figure in public life and the CIOB will always remember his contribution.”

The full Buckingham Palace statement can be found here.

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  1. Prince Philip was the first important person to travel through the Channel Tunnel. In 1981, shortly after breakthrough of the service tunnel, he travelled to France via the service tunnel railcar systems.

    I had the privilege of meeting him at the reception ceremony in France, being one of the small number of British engineers/surveyors working on the French side. He fairly radiated authority, being an outstanding leader, at the same time being warmly human.

  2. Dear Yann,

    thank you for the CIOB tribute to Prince Philip you sent us.
    I do remember well the visit of Prince Philip when crossing the tunnel between UK and France.
    The death of Prince Philip is a great loss for all of us.
    Prince Philip was a great support of Queen Elisabeth and warly human.
    I’ll send you a picture of Prince Philip having discution with Pierre Matheron and M. Landry when on the French side of the Chunnel.


    Philippe Vandebrouck
    Chairman of the Amicale des Bâtisseurs du Tunnel sous la Manche

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