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Latest civil engineering news, analysis and opinion from New Civil Engineer. NCE is the weekly magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers and can be enjoyed in print, on iPad, on Android and online here via the digital editions tab.

Oman to get £78M wind farm


Plans have been announced for a 50MW wind farm in Oman.

Morgan Sindall hit by inflation, overruns and fire


Morgan Sindall has warned that its 2014 results will be hit by problems in its construction and infrastructure division.

A9 dualling

Four fight for £50M dualling deal


Four teams are competing for the £50M contract to deliver the first stage of Scotland’s mammoth A9 dualling programme.

Artist impression of the revamped Manchester Victoria Metrolink station.

Manchester Victoria Metrolink station hit by delay


The planned upgrade of the Metrolink tram stop at Manchester Victoria has been delayed.

off shore wind farm

RWE pulls plug on Suffolk wind farm


Energy giant RWE has pulled out of a wind farm off the Suffolk coast, citing difficulty in securing finance.

Transport Minister Claire Perry

Transport Minister wants new research into “weird” driverless cars


Transport Minister Claire Perry has announced a review of the testing regime for driverless cars, which she describes as “a bit weird”.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

EdF's Hinkley proposal

Hinkley Point: Over to you, supply chain

8-Oct-2014 5:27 pm

The UK nuclear supply chain has been told to prepare in earnest for a mammoth wave of work, following the approval of state aid arrangements for Hinkley Point C.

Engineering bosses adopt 10 point equality plan

Engineering bosses adopt 10 point equality plan

30-Sep-2014 3:32 pm

Leaders of 20 of the UK’s top science, technology, engineering and manufacturing companies have signed up to a 10 point plan aimed at boosting the retention and development of women employees.

Pothole (Michael Gil, Flickr)

Road maintenance funding system “ludicrous”, say MPs

25-Sep-2014 10:14 am

Cost-effectively maintaining roads under the current funding system is difficult to achieve, an influential group of MPs has warned.

Hampton Court chalet

Historic west London riverside chalet raised as protection from flooding

23-Sep-2014 12:02 pm

A historic London riverside landmark was successfully raised 1.5m above its original level in a £1.4M operation over the weekend.

floating wind farm

Swedes challenge convention with floating wind farms

23-Sep-2014 11:51 am

A Swedish energy firm is planning to create multi-turbine floating wind power platforms in UK waters.

Tilting Dock

Dutch engineers unveil tilting lock idea

12-Sep-2014 4:04 pm

Dutch engineers have unveiled a radical idea for a tilting lock to allow tall sailing boats to pass under bridges without them having to lift.

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?

This Week's Top Story


Stonehenge tunnel plan being reconsidered

The plan to build a road tunnel underneath the Stonehenge World Heritage site is being considered once again by the Government.

Birmingham New Street station

Rail: Change Station

An extraordinary transformation is under way at Birmingham New Street station - with some imaginative engineering solutions to match, as Margo Cole reports.


HS2: Contest for billion pound civils deals to start within months

Civils firms will begin to compete for £1bn packages of work on High Speed 2 within months, project bosses have pledged.

Medmerry winning team

Flood defence schemes take top honours at British Construction Industry Awards

Two very different flood defence schemes have scooped top honours at the British Construction Industry Awards 2014.

Donaldson Associates project

Danish giant Cowi buys UK tunneller Donaldson Associates

Danish engineering giant Cowi has bought ground engineering and tunnelling specialists Donaldson Associates.


Thames Tideway tunnel moves to alliancing model

Bidders on the £4bn-plus Thames Tideway Tunnel supersewer are to discover that they are going to have to rethink their relationships with each other and work more collaboratively with their supply chains.

desert rail

Middle East Rail: Desert dreams?

The ambitious Gulf Co-operation Council railway scheme will run for 2,200km across the Middle East and is initially priced at £175bn, but procurement and securing an overall delivery body remain concerns. NCE reports

Birmingham New Street station

Rail: Change Station

An extraordinary transformation is under way at Birmingham New Street station - with some imaginative engineering solutions to match, as Margo Cole reports.

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