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Balfour Carillion

Carillion abandons Balfour Beatty courtship

20-Aug-2014 | By

Carillion appears to have given up its pursuit of Balfour Beatty, almost a month after proposing a merger between the two construction giants.

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Balfour Beatty rejects Carillion’s improved offer

20-Aug-2014 | By

Balfour Beatty’s board has “unanimously” rejected Carillion’s latest offer for its share capital.

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Roads minister John Hayes

Roads minister reaches out to engineers to stay ahead of emerging technologies

5-Aug-2014 | By

Politicians should do more to talk up the role of engineers in boosting the UK’s economic success – that’s the message new strategic roads minister John Hayes is eager to drive home.

Arcadis Neil McArthur

Hyder purchase opens up UK infrastructure market to Arcadis

4-Aug-2014 | By

Arcadis’ £250M acquisition of consultant Hyder will afford the Dutch giant a platform to expand into the UK infrastructure market, chief executive Neil McArthur told NCE this week.

City hopes results will hold key to Carillion/Balfour Beatty merger resolution

4-Aug-2014 | By Greg Pitcher

The City is awaiting further statements from Carillion and Balfour Beatty over the next fortnight as the saga over a potential merger between two of the UK’s most dominant contractors rumbles on.

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Headline stat: 84% of first year civil engineering degree students in 2012-13 were male

Engineering equality: Are universities learning the gender lesson?


Universities are in the spotlight this week, with hundreds of budding civil engineers looking to cement their college place. So NCE continues its series on Engineering Equality by looking at whether progress is being made to stimulate gender diversity at entry level. Report by Yemesi Sofolarin and Alexandra Wynne.

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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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New York civils commissioner on slicing open the Big Apple

18-Aug-2014 | By Greg Pitcher

A New York infrastructure chief has spoken of the challenges and joys of his role, along with plans to set up regular meetings with those in similar positions in London and other major cities.

Reservoir: The circular tank will store stormwater and release it when the weather has eased

Flooding and storm damage: Media saturation

19-Aug-2014 | By

While most people hope for a dry summer, for a team working on a United Utilities project in Salford, staying storm-free is more critical.

M62 J25-J30

British Construction Industry Awards: Celebrating the big

5-Aug-2014 | By NCE Editorial

The countdown to the 2014 British Construction Industry Awards begins with a look at the shortlist for the major civil engineering project (over £50M) award.

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Nippon Koei

Nippon Koei enters contest for Hyder

Japanese consulting giant Nippon Koei has made a rival offer for Hyder Consulting.

mark hansford

New engineering giants must provide cures, not treatments for infrastructure ailments

Another week, another merger. OK, Arcardis buying Hyder is not quite in the same league as Aecom buying URS, but it is further proof, if any were needed, of the move in our industry towards a select few global firms controlling most of the consultancy market.

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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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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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