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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.

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Engineers develop origami-style mobile bridge


Engineers at Hiroshima University have revealed designs for an innovative mobile bridge that could be used in the wake of natural disasters.

Network Rail

Chiltern Railways chief to join Network Rail board


Chiltern Railways managing director Rob Brighouse has been appointed by Network Rail as a non-executive director.

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Construction work starts on Kilgallioch wind farm


Construction of the £300M Kilgallioch windfarm in Scotland has started. When finished in 2017 it will be the UK’s third largest onshore wind farm.

Atkins is to focus on the role of technology in its growth plans

Big Middle East contracts help keep Atkins steady


Atkins has released its first quarter trading update, reporting results from April 1 to date are in line with expectations and the full year outlook remains positive.

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Amey wins £113M Yorkshire Water contract


Amey has been awarded a £113M contract to provide waste water services for Yorkshire Water until 2020.

Still from M8 rail bridge slide video

VIDEO | 2,000t rail bridge slide


Timelapse footage has been released showing construction of a 2,000t rail bridge over the new M8 in Scotland.

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Turner & Townsend looks to create 200 jobs

29-Jul-2015 4:08 pm

Turner & Townsend aims to create 200 UK jobs in 12 months, chief executive Vincent Clancy has revealed.

Solcer House

UK's first energy positive house launches... as government scraps zero carbon homes initiative

21-Jul-2015 11:45 am

The team behind the UK’s first energy positive house was remaining optimistic this week despite the goverment’s decision to scrap the zero carbon homes initiative.


Tendering poised to begin on new-look highways maintenance contracts

16-Jul-2015 9:11 am

Tendering begins this month on a new operating model for Highways England’s maintenance arm.

Single track road

'Radical' approach to highways maintenance trailled in Northants

16-Jul-2015 9:15 am

Northamptonshire County Council is trialling a bold approach to highways maintenance by turning country lanes on its network back into single carriageway roads with passing places.

Tyre bales

How waste from tyres could soon be used in bridges and tunnels

10-Jul-2015 3:57 pm

Rubber and polymer fibres from discarded car tyres could soon be used in major civil engineering projects such as bridges, tunnels and earthquake-resistant buildings, researchers believe.

Bridge to Prosperity Bridge

Building bridges: Engineering charity chief on how UK firms can help

8-Jul-2015 2:52 pm

A key figure at a US engineering charity that has set up in the UK has spoken to NCE about the important work the charity does and how companies here can get involved.

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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Andrew Jones

Roads minister: I worry about capacity to deliver projects

Roads minister Andrew Jones fears that the ambitious highways construction programme could be hit by the same crisis as the troubled rail investment plan.

Still from M8 rail bridge slide video

VIDEO | 2,000t rail bridge slide


Timelapse footage has been released showing construction of a 2,000t rail bridge over the new M8 in Scotland.

Wythenshawe Interchange

THE GALLERY | Wythenshawe transport hub opens


Kier’s Wythenshawe transport interchange opened today, providing better links between buses and trams in the Greater Manchester town.

Truss lift at Anfield

THE GALLERY | Huge truss lifted at Anfield


These images show a 650t, 140m-long truss being lifted above the Main Stand at Liverpool’s historic Anfield stadium.

Drone footage showing progress of Vattenfall’s Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind energy project

VIDEO | Fly over one of the UK's largest wind farm construction sites


This dramatic drone footage shows the progress of Vattenfall’s Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind energy project as preparations for the delivery of the wind turbines begin.

Rail project

Rail careers: Pause for thought

Recruiters of temporary and permanent staff think there are plenty of employment opportunities in the rail sector, in spite of Network Rail’s travails. Ben Cronin reports.

Collaboration meeting

Behavioural assessments for clients explained

Contractors bidding for infrastructure work are increasingly being judged not just on price and quality, but on the way they behave. Edd Burton of Turner & Townsend and Marek Gitrowski of MDV Consulting explain the best way to approach behavioural assessments.

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