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M4 Wales

ECI for £800m M4 relief road

22-Jul-2014 | By Will Mann

The Welsh Government will use an early contractor involvement (ECI) procurement route for the M4 relief road.

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Rail and local roads rapped by Transport Resilience Review

22-Jul-2014 | By Will Mann

The performance of the rail network and local authority roads has been criticised by the Transport Resilience Review, published today.

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Aecom/URS mega-merger redefines UK consultancy

22-Jul-2014 | By

Aecom’s acquisition of URS looks set to not only to redefine what a large UK consultancy looks like but also raises the possibility that it will trigger more shape shifting of the industry to the point that it will begin to mimic the likes of accountancy’s Big Four firms.

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Hansford becomes NCE’s seventh editor

22-Jul-2014 | By NCE Editorial

Mark Hansford has been appointed editor of NCE, becoming the seventh to lead the brand since its launch in 1972.

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HS2 boss urges engineers to embrace new technology

22-Jul-2014 | By

Engineers must innovate more and be more willing to embrace new technology if they are to remain relevant and well regarded by the public, the chief engineer behind High Speed 2 (HS2) said last week.

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Tackling the urbanisation challenge


There are few who don’t know of the trend for urbanisation – the gravitational pull of city dwelling – that means by 2030 an estimated 60% of the global population will be living in cities.

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NCE Video special

NCE interim editor Mark Hansford shares his highlights from the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards.

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Crossrail: from civils to systems - CEO Andrew Wolstenholme on preparing for an operational railway

29-May-2014 | By

Tunnelling work is now nearly complete on Europe’s largest infrastructure project and to celebrate this NCE is poised to publish its fourth Crossrail major project report. Setting the scene, chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme reflects on the achievements so far and looks ahead to the work still to be done.

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Rail: Acton on track

22-Jul-2014 | By Jon Masters

A project to remodel tracks to the west of London has been underway for the last three years, in preparation for Crossrail trains to run on the existing rail network, as Jon Masters discovers.


Business: How to square equality

17-Jul-2014 | By Ruby Kitching

Creating a more gender balanced workforce is a business imperative for consultant Hyder, championed by its UK managing director and the firm’s new women’s development programme.

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Aecom URS

Aecom acquires URS for £2.3bn

Aecom has bought rival consultant URS for around $4bn (£2.3bn) in cash and shares.

Mark Hansford

Scrap patch and mend and think long term instead

Watching the world’s finest cyclists gliding along the super-smooth roads of North and South Yorkshire this weekend you’d be hard pressed to see why the UK is heading firmly towards a highways maintenance crisis.

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Essentail tool: BIM has proved invaluable in the design and construction of a new roof for Manchester's Victoria Station

Watch now on demand NCE's BIM for Infrastructure webinar


Join NCE and our expert panel including Atkins director Anne Kemp and MGF enegineering director Steve Hesketh to hear how the infrastructure supply chain is preparing for BIM Level 2.

NCE/AJ BIM webinar

Watch now on demand the first NCE/AJ live webinar: Level 2 BIM and beyond


Register now to watch on demand the first ever joint webinar between NCE and The Architects’ Journal, together with Bentley Systems. Streamed live on 20 November at 1.15pm, our expert panel dispelled myths surrounding BIM and discussed how its adoption could be speeded up.

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Special report: Infrastructure in 2014

Power stations: Industry is gearing up to build more capacity

Infrastructure in 2014: Powering up for a new age


Electricity market reform, as detailed in the government’s Energy Bill, is expected to take hold by next summer, putting an end to uncertainty and delays to nuclear and renewable power new-build projects.

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