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Civil engineering news as it happens and in-depth reporting

Latest civil engineering news, analysis and opinion from New Civil Engineer.

Westminster Palace

Consultation begins on restoration of Palace of Westminster


A committee charged with recommending the best way of restoring the deteriorating Palace of Westminster has called for opinions from the public.

northern rail

New Liverpool-to-HS2 rail line mooted


A new rail line may be needed to connect Liverpool to the £56bn High Speed 2 scheme, an influential report has found.

Safety hard hat

Will you help fund an engineering learning centre?


The ICE has called for industry donations towards creation of an £850,000 learning centre to inspire future engineers.


Former CBI chief takes key transport role


Business chief John Cridland has been named as chair of Transport for the North.


HS2 will be built to Crewe six years early


Work on a section of the second phase of High Speed 2 will be completed six years earlier than planned, the government has confirmed.


Civils contractors named for £4bn hydro scheme


A preferred bidder has been named for the main civils contract on a £4bn hydro power project in Canada.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

northern rail

New Liverpool-to-HS2 rail line mooted

30-Nov-2015 4:31 pm

A new rail line may be needed to connect Liverpool to the £56bn High Speed 2 scheme, an influential report has found.


Spending review 2015: Scepticism as Osborne pledges £73bn for roads and rail

25-Nov-2015 2:49 pm

Chancellor George Osborne has set out plans to spend £73bn on roads and rail over the six years to April 2021 - but slashed the Department for Transport’s revenue budget by more than a third.

Offshore wind

Rudd backs offshore wind and nuclear power

18-Nov-2015 2:55 pm

Ministers could offer offshore wind developers three new opportunities to compete for government subsidies.

Safety hard hat

Half of engineering employers let down by new recruits

13-Nov-2015 10:09 am

Engineering recruits do not meet the expectations of one in two employers, research has revealed.


Boris body calls for fresh look at impact of Heathrow expansion

11-Nov-2015 4:46 pm | Updated: 16-Nov-2015 12:48 pm

Transport for London has called for a fresh look at how a third runway at Heathrow would affect air quality.


The infrastructure funding black hole

6-Nov-2015 3:23 pm

About £2bn of infrastructure funding is needed to support development in one English county alone, according to a startling report.

News Analysis: NCE looks at the story behind the story

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

Engineering equality: Are universities learning the gender lesson?

19-Aug-2014 9:47 am

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.

Hong Kong skyline

Tackling the urbanisation challenge

10-Jun-2014 1:34 pm

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.

Vital infrastructure

Three months that will decide fate of Thames Tideway Tunnel

14-Apr-2014 1:06 pm

After years of fierce debate at all levels, the fate of Thames Water’s £4bn Thames Tideway Tunnel currently rests with just five people.


Companies speed up their recruitment as economy grows

25-Mar-2014 10:36 am | Updated: 26-Mar-2014 2:54 pm

Apprentices, graduates and qualified engineers - take your pick: civil engineering consultants are looking for a lot of new recruits. Figures in this year’s NCE Consultants File confirm what one consultant executive board member has described as a “different atmosphere in the industry now”.

High Speed 2

Political action is shaking up UK infrastructure

25-Mar-2014 4:27 am

Last week was a big week for the UK’s high speed rail ambitions but the way in which High Speed 2 (HS2) got its boost may set the tone for how other politically difficult infrastructure decisions will be made.

Big Bang

Worst in Europe for employing women – UK civil engineering must spark change

18-Mar-2014 10:31 am

Engineers are in huge demand worldwide - yet the number of young people joining the profession is in decline. What is to be done?

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HS2 train

HS2 chief: Crossrail experience an advantage to bidders

Experience of working on Crossrail would be a “big advantage” to the teams competing for High Speed 2 civils packages, a key figure has said.

Nine Elms Bridge, London

THE GALLERY | Designs for new Thames bridge revealed


A design by Bystrup Architecture, Design and Engineering has been chosen by the jury in a contest to design a bridge over the River Thames.

Lord's redevelopment phase two

THE GALLERY | Boris approves Lord's overhaul


Boris Johnson has given the final go-ahead to the latest plans to improve Lord’s cricket ground.

New York observation wheel

THE GALLERY | Mammoet reveals images of New York giant wheel


Engineering firm Mammoet has released images of a 191m-tall steel wheel in New York that it is in the process of constructing.

Los Angeles road buckle

THE GALLERY | Bizarre road buckling baffles engineers


Engineers and geologists in Los Angeles are trying to work out how a slipping hillside on the Vasquez Canyon Road is pushing up the road.

Peter Hansford

Interview: Peter Hansford

More consolidation; more confidence, and above all, more use of technology. That’s what’s needed says Peter Hansford as he leaves the role of government chief construction advisor.

A6 federated model

New technology: BIM confidential

The construction industry often says it would learn more about building information modelling (BIM) if it shared the bad stories. Here, Grontmij head of BIM Rupinder Wilkhu, speaks to NCE about his BIM bugbears.

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