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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.

MIdsummer's flexible solar panels

THE GALLERY | Flexible solar panels make competition final


Flexible solar panels are among the finalists in a Skanska-run competition to find sustainable technologies for building projects.

Thames garden bridge

Three fight for Garden Bridge contract after Boris backs it


Three contractors have been shortlisted to build the controversial £175M Thames Garden Bridge after it received final planning approval this morning.

Sue Kershaw

Female fellowship campaign gathers pace


A bid to increase the number of female fellows in the Institution of Civil Engineers has won approval from the top of the body.

Thorney Lane bridge launch

THE GALLERY | Crossrail surface works one third complete


Work on Crossrail’s surface section in outer London, Berkshire and Essex is now one third complete.


Aecom and Deloitte to report on possible Parliament move


A consortium comprising Aecom, HOK and Deloitte will publish a report next summer on a possible decamp for the UK Parliament.

off shore wind farm

Balfour agrees £164M wind farm deal


Balfour Beatty has paid £164M to acquire the Thanet offshore transmission project (OFTO).

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

Proposed Boston Barrier flood defence - looking downstream

Why Boston will wait five more years for its barrier

12-Dec-2014 10:20 am

The long-awaited £90M Boston Barrier has finally been approved by the government – but may not start on site for another two and a half years.


Jobs boom to be created by Highways England, says Dalton

10-Dec-2014 5:50 pm

A jobs boom will be created both within the newly formed highways government company (go-co) and in the supply chain ahead of the delivery on an increased programme of roads spending, Graham Dalton said yesterday.

Concrete printed by Loughborough University

Skanska chief eyeing a big role for robots in construction

1-Dec-2014 11:44 am

A former Land Rover production director now driving change at Skanska believes robot technology could revolutionise the construction industry.

Go to Australia, UK civils firms urged

Ray O'Rourke challenges rivals to win work in Australia

30-Nov-2014 6:22 pm

Ray O’Rourke has challenged British civils contractors to win work in Australia’s infrastructure boom – to prove they are ready to compete on the world stage.

Aurecon BIM

UK best practice in BIM to be exported to Australia

30-Nov-2014 6:21 pm

UK best practice in building information modelling (BIM) is poised to be exported and applied to the booming Australian construction industry.

London Garden Bridge

Engineers challenge Garden Bridge costs

24-Nov-2014 3:14 pm

Engineers have questioned the cost of building the £175M Thames Garden Bridge, which is due before planners at Westminster Council in early December.

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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Thames garden bridge

Three fight for Garden Bridge contract after Boris backs it

Three contractors have been shortlisted to build the controversial £175M Thames Garden Bridge after it received final planning approval this morning.


Careers: Turning a corner

With a tsunami of work promised after the government pledged £15bn of road building, secondment firm Waterman Aspen says the recruitment market is about to get even more competitive. Ben Cronin reports

Sewage treatment works

Finding the best

There are currently plenty of job opportunities in infrastructure, however a lack of experienced, qualified engineers is becoming a cause for concern Jon Masters reports.

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