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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.


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.

HS2 train

HS2: Civils deals to be awarded ahead of Royal Assent


Major civils contracts for Phase One of the £43bn High Speed 2 scheme will be in place before the Bill to allow its construction is passed by Parliament, the project promoter has revealed.

David Higgins

Industry gathers to hear from HS2 client


Hundreds of construction companies are gathering in London this morning to hear about the opportunities on the £43bn HS2 project.

Tube train

Tube trains every 100 seconds with next Jubilee Line upgrade


Transport for London (TfL) has signed off a further upgrade of the Jubilee Line which will increase Tube train frequency during peak hours to 36 trains per hour (tph), or one every 100 seconds.


West Country flood defences still not repaired


Nearly half of the flood defences damaged during last winter’s storms have not yet been repaired.

Hammersmith flyunder

Hammersmith ‘flyunder’ construction unlikely to start until 2020


Construction of the proposed Hamersmith ‘flyunder’ would not begin until 2020 at the earliest, assuming various planning and financing hurdles are overcome.

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


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 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 next week that they are going to have to rethink their relationships with each other work more collaboratively with their supply chains.

New Port House Antwerp

Concrete: Jewel on the crown

A dramatic new building is taking shape on the Antwerp skyline that is posing a challenging test formwork and falsework designers. NCE reports.

London  water mains replacement

Water: Main switchers

This month marks completion of the main phase of arguably the world’s largest and most complex urban water mains renewal programme. David Hayward reports from London’s West End.

BCIA 2014 awards dinner

BCI Awards: Best of British

The Grosvenor House Hotel in London last week thronged with construction teams and senior executives attending the 27th British Construction Industry Awards.


Construction equipment: Driving design

JCB’s latest machines indicate where it is focusing its innovation, as Margo Cole reports.

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