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Latest civil engineering news, analysis and opinion from New Civil Engineer.

New warning over electricity blackouts


The UK is now so dependent on electricity networks and electronic communications that any interruption to electricity supply would have severe economic consequences, according to a new report.

Tube train

London Underground invites bidders for specialists framework


London Underground has advertised its latest framework for specialist trade contractors and suppliers, which could run for up to eight years.

Agade Bridge

£214M investment in cycling infrastructure


Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to announce a £214M investment in Britain’s cycling infrastructure later today.

Victoria Square, Woking

Woking to get trio of towers


Three towers with a combined 85-storeys are to be built in Woking town centre.

Bouygues/Vinci Chernobyl landmark

Vinci/Bouygues mark Chernobyl milestone


A Vinci/Bouygues team has completed a two-year project to jack a critical structure into place at the notorious Chernobyl nuclear plant.

Ocean Spiral underwater city

THE GALLERY | Underwater city proposed by Japanese firm


A Japanese construction firm has unveiled designs for an underwater city which it says could be built within two decades.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

London Garden Bridge

Engineers challenge Garden Bridge costs

24-Nov-2014 3:14 pm

Engineers have questioned the cost of building the £175M Thames Garden Bridge, which is due before planners at Westminster Council in early December.


Fears emerge that imported Dutch precast concrete blocks could be hazardous waste

20-Nov-2014 1:48 pm

Imported Dutch precast concrete structural interlocking blocks containing high lead content recycled glass aggregate could be reclassified as hazardous waste, NCE has learned.


Research centre aims to give birth to infrastructure-boosting innovations in building materials

17-Nov-2014 2:59 pm

Innovative noise-reducing windows that could give a major boost to the siting of major transport links are just one set of experiments lined up for an ambitious facility taking shape in the Wiltshire countryside.

M6 road in the Lake District

Hard work begins now for firms on £5bn roads framework

7-Nov-2014 5:39 pm

The 25 companies named on a £5bn Highways Agency framework this week will be pushed to find quicker, safer ways of working on Britain’s major roads.

Fehmarnbelt crossing: Opportunity to pool Flint & Neil’s expertise with that of Donaldson

Consulting giant Cowi pools new tunnel and bridge specialists

4-Nov-2014 8:54 pm

Danish consulting giant Cowi is to seek synergies between the bridge design skills of recent acquisition Flint & Neill and its latest purchase, tunnelling specialist Donaldson Associates.

Building bridges: Engineers are reaching out to schoolchildren

Industry campaigns to end skill shortages

4-Nov-2014 8:40 pm

Senior science and engineering figures are this autumn ramping up efforts to close the skills gap and ensure more young women enter engineering.

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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Improving infrastructure round table

Delivery men: Improving infrastructure delivery

Improving project delivery is the remit of the newly named Infrastructure Client Group. Can it succeed? And what help does it need? Mark Hansford reviews NCE’s first Improving Infrastructure Delivery in Practice round table discussion.

London Garden Bridge

Engineers challenge Garden Bridge costs

Engineers have questioned the cost of building the £175M Thames Garden Bridge, which is due before planners at Westminster Council in early December.


Flood warnings across East Anglia

Thirteen flood warnings were in place across East Anglia this morning after a weekend of heavy rain.

Nicaragua Canal Lake Nicaragua

Construction of £31bn Nicaragua Canal to start next month

Construction of a £31bn canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans through Nicaragua will start on 22 December.

Highway management

Roads programme threat after EU ruling

The government has been forced to rethink its road building plans after being ordered by the European Court of Justice to cut air pollution as soon as possible.


Flood tech gets smart

Land owners that store flood water could soon find a market that makes it worth saving and selling at a later date, thanks to new prediction and control technologies. Julie-Anne Ryan reports.

Careers: Pipeline pressure

The next water industry spending round is about to start, and the supply chain is starting to recruit.

Steve Farmer

Business: Mabey Hire interview

Mabey Hire’s acting CEO Steve Farmer is predicting big growth for the firm in the next five years, with hire sales forecast to shoot up by 50% on the back of strong service support. He tells Jon Masters how innovative equipment and data gathering technology is helping the company stand out in the market.

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