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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.

Balfour Beatty

Balfour to close Nottingham office

30-Jan-2015

Balfour Beatty has confirmed plans to close its Nottingham office as it continues to reorganise in the Midlands.

channel tunnel

UK body to work on Channel Tunnel fire investigation

30-Jan-2015

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) will play a part in the investigation into the fire that disrupted Channel Tunnel rail services earlier this month.

Railway track

Siemens secures signalling scheme

30-Jan-2015

Siemens Rail Automation has won a £40M signalling deal in the South Midlands.

Crossrail breakthrough Liverpool Street

THE GALLERY | Crossrail tunnel milestone

30-Jan-2015

A tunnel boring machine named after the Queen has arrived at Liverpool Street station as part of the £14bn Crossrail project.

Parliament

Contractors welcome "important step" for Infrastructure Bill

30-Jan-2015

Civils contractors have welcomed a significant milestone for government plans to radically overhaul the way road schemes are delivered.

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VIDEO | How wearable technology could transform construction safety

29-Jan-2015

Could wearable technology reduce accidents in the construction industry?

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

Mersey Gateway

Government-backed infrastructure schemes failed to meet UK Guarantees criteria, says watchdog

28-Jan-2015 12:04 pm

Privately financed infrastructure projects have won government financial backing despite failing to meet the Treasury investment criteria, a report from public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed today.

channel tunnel

Eurotunnel 'satisfied' with fire response

19-Jan-2015 5:08 pm

Eurotunnel has declared itself “satisfied” with its response to the fire that caused delays to Channel Tunnel rail services last weekend.

Network Rail overruns meant Finsbury Park station was swamped

The full picture of what went wrong with London's overrunning Christmas engineering works

16-Jan-2015 5:16 pm

The contractors involved in the overrunning works that led to rail chaos in London this Christmas could face large financial penalties.

Network Rail overruns meant Finsbury Park station was swamped

Network Rail bosses to face grilling after Christmas engineering works overrun chaos

2-Jan-2015 5:57 pm

Passenger groups and politicians were this week demanding to know what went wrong with Network Rail’s massive programme of engineering work over Christmas.

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.

Managed_Motorways

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.

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.

Recruitment

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

Mersey Gateway

Government-backed infrastructure schemes failed to meet UK Guarantees criteria, says watchdog

Privately financed infrastructure projects have won government financial backing despite failing to meet the Treasury investment criteria, a report from public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) revealed today.

Millennium Bridge Newcastle

North East regional report: Spending power

Collaboration, programme management and a responsive supply chain will be key to delivering a multi-strand programme of works in the North East. This is the first in a series of spotlights on regional workload. Alexandra Wynne reports.

Future Gazing

Infrastructure in 2015: a special report on the year ahead

The world of civil engineering is changing fast. Technology is now there to radically change how we build. But it’s also challenging what we build and why. New skills are needed and new technologies need to be embraced.

Nigel Curry

Rhead Group: Passion for growth

Nigel Curry is not your ordinary engineering boss. For a start, he’s not yet 40. He’s also shot at tanks and built a nuclear submarine. Now he is chief executive of rapidly growing programme management specialist Rhead Group.

Somerset floods

Flooding: Splashing the cash

It is a year after areas in Somerset, Boston and the Thames Valley were inundated. What measures have been taken to mitigate flood risk and repair damage caused by the great floods? Ben Cronin reports.

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