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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.

Manchester transport

Manchester devolution: Key figures debate transport

27-May-2015

Public and private transport facilities around Manchester must improve for the region to maximise the benefits of high speed rail, a candidate for a key role in the city’s devolution has insisted.

Bartlett School of Architecture stripped back to its frame

THE GALLERY | Bartlett School of Architecture building stripped back to its frame

27-May-2015

The London home of the renowned Bartlett School of Architecture has been stripped back to its concrete frame as part of a £23M refurbishment project.

Houses of Parliament London

Queen's Speech: Changes to onshore wind planning system proposed

27-May-2015

Whitehall would lose the power to stop construction of large onshore wind farms under legislation outlined in the Queen’s Speech today.

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Civils leaders urge Osborne to launch national energy retrofit programme

27-May-2015

Civils chiefs have written to chancellor George Osborne calling for a national retrofitting programme to make buildings more energy efficient.

swansea barrage

Laing O'Rourke named for £200M Swansea Bay contract

27-May-2015

Laing O’Rourke has won a £200M deal to work on the pioneering Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon scheme.

London Bridge works late May bank holiday weekend

VIDEO | Latest London Bridge works

27-May-2015

Network Rail has released this timelapse video of works that took place at London Bridge station over the bank holiday weekend.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

HS2

UPDATED: HS2 bid teams see European contracting giants take starring role

13-May-2015 10:18 am | Updated: 15-May-2015 7:41 am

European contracting giants are playing a major part in almost all High Speed 2 (HS2) construction bid teams, NCE can reveal.

Waterview project - ramp 4 - ahead of the gantry is where the defective concrete was placed

Faulty concrete hits New Zealand flagship highway project

13-May-2015 6:09 pm

A fault at an Auckland, New Zealand, batch plant has resulted in up to 70 projects receiving substandard concrete including the NZ$1.4bn (£660M) Waterview highway project.

Nepal quake rescue

Engineers dash to aid Nepal quake victims

11-May-2015 2:41 pm

Two civil engineers flew to Nepal last month to aid the search and rescue effort following the catastrophic earthquake which struck on 25 April.

Isobel Grant

Arup engineer seeks election as Conservative MP

27-Apr-2015 10:48 am

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.

Ballot box

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.

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?

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HS2

UPDATED: HS2 bid teams see European contracting giants take starring role

European contracting giants are playing a major part in almost all High Speed 2 (HS2) construction bid teams, NCE can reveal.

Bartlett School of Architecture stripped back to its frame

THE GALLERY | Bartlett School of Architecture building stripped back to its frame

27-May-2015

The London home of the renowned Bartlett School of Architecture has been stripped back to its concrete frame as part of a £23M refurbishment project.

London Bridge works late May bank holiday weekend

VIDEO | Latest London Bridge works

27-May-2015

Network Rail has released this timelapse video of works that took place at London Bridge station over the bank holiday weekend.

Abbey Wood Station demolished

VIDEO AND GALLERY | Former Abbey Wood station demolished to make way for Crossrail

26-May-2015

Crossrail has released this timelapse footage and images of the former station building at Abbey Wood being demolished.

Temporary Mersey bridge at Halton

THE GALLERY | Temporary bridge completed to aid Mersey Gateway scheme

22-May-2015

A temporary crossing of the River Mersey has been created to aid construction of the £600M Mersey Gateway project.

Nepal Care International

CARE: Challenging time

With the Care Construction Challenge less than two months away, one of the charity’s workers describes how the fundraising event will help people affected by the Nepal earthquake.

Energy incentive: The contractor shared savings resulting from energy efficiency measures

Sustainable construction: One team one roof

Every aspect of Scottish Water’s new headquarters is designed to minimise its impact on the environment and bring together its employees. In the latest of NCE’s series on British Construction Industry Award winners, Katherine Smale finds out more.

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