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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.

Construction product firms report growth


Construction product makers have reported an eighth successive quarter of growing sales.

Murphy chief executive Steve Hollingshead

J Murphy & Sons hires former Laing O'Rourke chief


J Murphy & Sons has appointed former Laing O’Rourke chief Steve Hollingshead as chief executive officer.

Nepal earthquake aftermath

Civil engineers fly to Nepal to help find survivors


Two civil engineers are today flying to Nepal to aid the search and rescue effort following Saturday’s catastrophic earthquake.

Hammersmith Flyover strengthening

Hammersmith Flyover works don't require latest weekend closure


Transport for London was able to scrap a planned closure of one side of the Hammersmith Flyover this weekend after the team working to strengthen it got ahead of schedule.

Isobel Grant

Arup engineer seeks election as Conservative MP


An Arup structural engineer standing for the Conservatives in next month’s general election has told NCE about her campaign - and why more engineers should be involved in politics.

Nepal earthquake aftermath

Collapsed buildings and damaged roads hit rescue effort after Nepal earthquake


Damage to infrastructure is hampering the rescue effort after an earthquake struck Nepal and killed thousands of people this weekend.

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Labour would delay two schemes on Highways England's five-year plan

15-Apr-2015 4:50 pm

The Labour Party has denied undermining Highways England with plans to delay two schemes included on the new road body’s recently launched five-year delivery plan.

Digital railway

Raft of projects announced for digital engineering boost

9-Apr-2015 0:01 am

A raft of projects aimed at finding new applications for digital engineering in construction projects have kicked off this week after sharing £5.6M of grant funding from the government’s innovation agency Innovate UK.

Pothole cash wasted as local road network condition remains the same, says survey

26-Mar-2015 10:53 am

The 2015 Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey has highlighted a massive 33% increase in the number of potholes filled over the last year - but no reduction in the amount needed to bring the network up to scratch.

NCE/ACE Consultants Awards 2015 winners

Eight firms recognised for business excellence

23-Mar-2015 4:16 pm

Eight engineering consultancies large and small have been recognised for their business excellence in the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards.

Effects of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Vanuatu must put focus on resilient infrastructure, say engineers

16-Mar-2015 5:08 pm | Updated: 23-Mar-2015 12:47 pm

Engineers have called for a renewed focus on building resilient infrastructure in the wake of the cyclone that devastated infrastructure across Vanuatu.

National Apprenticeship Week sees shift to employer input

16-Mar-2015 2:39 pm | Updated: 16-Mar-2015 2:41 pm

Engineers have hailed renewed efforts by employers to get involved in the creation of apprenticeships.

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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Garden Bridge

EXCLUSIVE | Bouygues lands Thames Garden Bridge project

French giant Bouygues has landed the contract to build the controversial £175M Thames Garden Bridge, NCE can reveal.

MULTI lift

Structures: All rise for the super lift

New lift technologies could transform the design of tall and super tall buildings.


Labour manifesto leaves little between major parties on infrastructure

The Labour Party has pledged to continue with High Speed 2 (HS2), make a swift decision on airport expansion and allow safe fracking if it wins the General Election.

Digital railway

Raft of projects announced for digital engineering boost

A raft of projects aimed at finding new applications for digital engineering in construction projects have kicked off this week after sharing £5.6M of grant funding from the government’s innovation agency Innovate UK.

stockley flyover

Network Rail completes Easter upgrades on schedule

Network Rail has confirmed completion of £100M of upgrade work over the Easter period, including demolishing a bridge south of Watford Junction and installing a new one.

top 20 recruiters

Britain's top 20 recruiters 2014

NCE has compiled a list of the Top 20 consultancy firms based on the number of engineers they recruited last year. The results indicate a healthy global market and big opportunities for anyone looking for a job.

Alex Bryson

Ready for change: Alex Bryson

Laing O’Rourke’s offsite construction division, Explore Manufacturing, is changing the way civil engineering projects are delivered. NCE spoke to Alex Bryson, a structural engineer working in the company’s Design for Manufacture and Assembly division

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Energy: Power Paint Presentation

Can buildings ever generate more energy than they consume? Dave Parker went to South Wales to find out.

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