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New Civil Engineer
11 October 2012

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  • Atlantis completes testing of tidal turbine

    Research firm Atlantis has this week completed the first testing programme of its 3MW tidal turbine at the Nation Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) off the coast of Northumberland.
  • Boost for civils graduates

    Employment prospects for civil engineering graduates have improved, a survey has revealed.
  • British firms sought for Fehmarn mega-tunnel

    The promoter of the Fehmarnbelt road and rail link between Germany and Denmark has insisted British contractors are well placed to win work on the mega tunnelling project.
  • Construction challenge launched

    Teams from the construction sector are wanted for a foot, bike and canoe challenge over 26 miles to raise money for humanitarian agency CARE International.
  • Consultation set to open on A6 to Manchester airport relief road

    A consultation on the proposed 10km long dual carriageway A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road scheme is due to start on Monday.
  • Crossrail confirms complete tunnelling stop near Paddington

    Crossrail confirmed today that tunnelling had stopped on both bores for the western running tunnels since last week to enable the removal of a build-up of spoil following last month’s hopper collapse.
  • Detailed plans for Battersea development submitted

    Detailed plans for the first phase of Rafael Viñoly’s Battersea Power Station masterplan have now been submitted to Wandsworth Council.
  • English Heritage boost to work on listed buildings

    English Heritage has embarked on a campaign to increase rescue work on protected buildings.
  • Expanded Stansted resurfaces as hub option

    Expanding Stansted airport has re-emerged as one of three options for replacing Heathrow as London’s aviation hub.
  • Fears of West Coast rail fall out

    The government’s decision to cancel the award of the next West Coast Main Line franchise could have major implications for investment in UK infrastructure, experts have warned.
  • Fugro wins work on Gorgon gas expansion project

    Energy company Chevron has appointed Fugro to carry out a combined geophysical and geotechnical survey for the project to expand the Gorgon gas field in Australia.
  • GE Awards open for entries

    GE’s annual awards event has become a highlight on the geotechnical calendar and entries are now open for the 2013 edition of the GE Awards, which will be presented at a special ceremony on 25 April next year at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
  • Government must back infrastructure plan to kick start crucial UK projects

    The ICE and other construction bodies last week urged the government to clarify its infrastructure upgrade plans after politicians from across the political spectrum expressed doubts about plans to upgrade the country’s infrastructure.
  • Government seeks Virgin franchise extension

    The Department for Transport announced yesterday that it intends to negotiate a temporary extension of Virgin Rail’s franchise to run services on the West Coast Main Line.
  • Grontmij: The shock of the new

    Two years after taking the helm of troubled Grontmij’s UK operations, John Chubb is confident that problems are in the past and the road ahead is clear. Mark Hansford finds out more.
  • Highways Agency scraps corroded bridge replacement plan

    The Highways Agency has scrapped plans to replace a heavily corroded bridge over the M5 near Gloucester after local stakeholders objected to the 47-week reconstruction programme.
  • ICE backs further shale gas exploration

    The ICE said this week shale gas exploration in the UK should be “further investigated in an enhanced regulatory framework” following the success its production has had in bringing down energy prices in US.
  • Innovative road plans must include road user charges

    When David Cameron gave his well-documented “infrastructure for growth” speech at the Institution of Civil Engineers last March, he made it clear that levering investment into UK highways was high on his agenda.
  • Inverness flood defence scheme to start this month

    A £22M scheme to protect hundreds of properties in Inverness from the threat of flooding will being later this month.
  • Letters: Aviation hub solution is needed for the sake of the economy

    As the chair of an independent environmental charity I see, almost daily, the battle between passionate individuals advocating the importance of their pillar of sustainability above all else. The environmentalist with a “protect at any cost approach”, the social advocate saying building better communities will solve
  • Liverpool abandons plan to move out of Anfield

    Premier League football club Liverpool FC has decided to abandon plans to build a new stadium in nearby Stanley Park and instead focus on redeveloping its existing home Anfield, club officials announced yesterday.
  • Morgan Sindall and Arup scoop £1.1bn Sellafield deal

    Morgan Sindall and Arup have secured a £1.1bn deal to provide infrastructure asset services to Sellafield nuclear plant.
  • No.28 broadgate

    In the late 1980s, the Broadgate property development in the City of London pioneered a new type of high quality construction, and was the overall winner of the first British Construction Industry Awards. For perhaps the first time, the client was able to demonstrate to others that by positive and total involvement in the project it was able to get a
  • North East region needs “action not words”

    Politicians and other local dignitaries based in the North East joined three leading civil engineering bodies for a special event looking at how to maximise infrastructure funding opportunities across the region.
  • One Great George Street is a hit at marketing awards

    The ICE’s conference and events venue One Great George Street (OGGS) scooped two gold awards at last week’s Meeting Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA). It was the only venue to receive double gold on the night.
  • Panama Canal: Full tilt in the tropics

    Construction of a third shipping lane through the Panama Canal is underway. It involves contractors and manufacturers across the globe working to exacting concrete and design specifications. CJ Schexnayder reports.
  • Peterborough launches £15M transport and engineering deal

    Peterborough City Council has launched a single transport and engineering contract worth up to £15M.
  • Road privatisation plans win business backing

    Prime minister David Cameron’s plans to privatise the roads network and scrap the Highways Agency won the backing of business leaders this week. Support for the idea came in an influential report published by bosses lobby group the CBI.
  • Special report: Crossrail TBM halted as spoil backlog grows

    Fears that Crossrail’s Westbourne Park site in west London will be swamped with spoil have forced contractors to suspend work on one of its running tunnels.
  • TBM supplied for Rio metro project

    German firm Herrenknecht AG has supplied an 11.46m diameter tunnel boring machine for the construction of a new metro line in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Tyne Crossing in BCI Award win

    Newcastle’s New Tyne Crossing took the top civil engineering gong at last night’s British Construction Industry Awards, holding off competition from projects across the UK.
  • Welsh government unveils £3.5bn spending plan

    Fresh funding mechanisms to kick start Welsh infrastructure projects including the M4 relief scheme between Newport and Cardiff will be announced before Christmas, finance minister Jane Hutt said last week.

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