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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.

Six engineering skills projects win cash

27-Feb-2015

Six schemes are to share almost £3M of government cash to boost engineering skills.

Safety hard hat

Water chief hits out at industry over safety and diversity

27-Feb-2015

A senior client figure has criticised a lack of action to improve safety and equality in the construction industry.

Solar photovoltaics

Infrastructure sustainability school launches

27-Feb-2015

An industry initiative to promote sustainability in civil engineering launched this week.

Thames stormwater

Major UK players positioned for Thames Tideway mega tunnel

27-Feb-2015

Key players in the UK construction market – Costain, Laing O’Rourke, Vinci, Bachy, Ferrovial, Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty – have been named as the preferred bidders to build the mega sewer tunnel under the River Thames, it has been revealed today.

Crystal Palace

Shattered: £500M Crystal Palace rebuild plan

26-Feb-2015

Proposals to rebuild the historic Crystal Palace lie in pieces, after Bromley Council cancelled an exclusivity agreement with a Chinese developer.

Cadiz Bridge

THE GALLERY | Cadiz Bridge nears completion

26-Feb-2015

The new La Pepa Bridge in Cadiz, Spain, is nearing completion, with the installation of the cabled sections.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

A driverless pod vehicle to be trialled in Milton Keynes

What driverless cars could mean for engineers

17-Feb-2015 5:05 pm

Driverless cars could eventually be programmed to run complete journeys at the press of a button, radically altering the type of transport infrastructure needed across the UK, a key figure has predicted.

M25 at night

Highways Agency shakes up maintenance work

17-Feb-2015 5:35 pm

The Highways Agency is taking some of its roads maintenance work back in-house, but it denies that asset support contracts (ASCs) will be phased out.

Dredging

No black hole, but we do need more collaboration says floods boss

12-Feb-2015 3:44 pm

Environment Agency chairman Sir Philip Dilley has rejected claims from MPs that there is a £600M “black hole” in England’s flood defence budget.

Road UK generic

Highways Agency reveals new-style maintenance deal

11-Feb-2015 4:15 pm

The Highways Agency is to take part of its roads maintenance work back in-house – but has denied that asset support contracts (ASCs) are to be phased out.

HS2

HS2 attracts companies that have never worked in UK

4-Feb-2015 4:18 pm

The £43bn High Speed 2 project is attracting companies that have never worked in the UK, its promoter has revealed.

An adaption of Shou Sugi Ban on display in Hampshire

Hampshire artists benefit from ancient Japanese engineering

4-Feb-2015 3:19 pm

An ancient Japanese wood preservation technique has gone on trial as part of an Arts Council funded project on the Hampshire coast.

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

Hammersmith Flyover blister installation

Hammersmith Flyover strengthening: Stressful work

The stricken but vital Hammersmith flyover in west London is undergoing a phenomenally complex £100M makeover. Dave Parker reports.

A driverless pod vehicle to be trialled in Milton Keynes

What driverless cars could mean for engineers

Driverless cars could eventually be programmed to run complete journeys at the press of a button, radically altering the type of transport infrastructure needed across the UK, a key figure has predicted.

Road UK generic

Highways Agency reveals new-style maintenance deal

The Highways Agency is to take part of its roads maintenance work back in-house – but has denied that asset support contracts (ASCs) are to be phased out.

Eurotunnel has defended its fire safety systems

Eurotunnel defends freight safety system as blaze turns spotlight on lattice enclosures

Eurotunnel has been forced to defend its lattice-style freight carriages after a senior fire engineer called for them to be replaced with full enclosures in the wake of the recent Channel Tunnel fire.

Harbury landslip

Harbury landslide forces postponement of WCML work

Network Rail is postponing improvement work on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) around Watford because of last weekend’s landslide between Banbury and Leamington Spa .

Debashish Mukherjee  and David Balmforth (right)

Careers: Bridges

WSP principal engineer, infrastructure, Debashish Mukherjee describes what attracted him to becoming a bridge engineer.

Careers: Landmark jobs

Growth in international projects and key frameworks with Network Rail and the Highways Agency are generating a big demand for bridge engineers in design and asset management.

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