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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.

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Oakervee warns UK firms to prepare for influx of Chinese money

27-Mar-2015

Chinese firms are poised to make a dramatic move on European construction markets and UK engineering firms need to act now to stay relevant, a prominent ICE past president and senior engineering figure has warned.

M56 Thorley Lane Bridge replacement

VIDEO | New £5.5M bridge lifted over M56

27-Mar-2015

The Highways Agency has released a timelapse video showing a new bridge being moved into place over the M56 near Manchester Airport.

Custom House Crossrail station construction

VIDEO AND GALLERY | 825-piece 'jigsaw' Crossrail station completed

27-Mar-2015

Construction of the new Custom House Crossrail station has been completed a year and a day after assembly began.

Boris Johnson

Boris blocks City Airport expansion drive

27-Mar-2015

Boris Johnson has dealt a major blow to London City Airport’s expansion plans by ordering Newham Council to refuse planning permission for the scheme.

BCIA 2014

Final day to enter British Construction Industry Awards project categories

27-Mar-2015

Today is the final day for teams to celebrate in their success and enter the British Construction Industry Awards project categories.

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Highways Agency replacement publishes five year delivery plan

26-Mar-2015

Highways England, the body that officially replaces the Highways Agency next week, has published its first five-year plan detailing £11bn of investment.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

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.

Moxon Architects' opening bridge at Deptford Creek, Greenwich, East London

Infrastructure crucial to new London homes target of 49,000 a year - Lister

11-Mar-2015 10:29 am | Updated: 13-Mar-2015 2:12 pm

Deputy mayor of London for planning Sir Edward Lister has hammered home the importance of infrastructure investment in delivering the new London Plan which sets out the need for almost 50,000 new homes to be built in the capital every year from now until 2036.

BIM

Ten year journey to BIM3 begins

11-Mar-2015 12:16 pm

The government has launched its building information modelling (BIM) level 3 initiative with the aim of improving data security and accessibility, scrapping paper contracts and driving infrastructure spending efficiencies.

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

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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.

Sheffield's HS2 Meadowhall station

Sheffield to Leeds section of HS2 could be fast-tracked

The Sheffield to Leeds section of High Speed 2 could be built ahead of schedule, ministers said today.

Effects of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Vanuatu must put focus on resilient infrastructure, say engineers

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

Thames stormwater

Major UK players positioned for Thames Tideway mega tunnel

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.

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.

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Amey: Fuelling growth

Amey was the fourth largest recruiter among UK consultants last year. It wants to recruit 1,000 apprentices over the next four years.

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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.

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