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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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Call for rethink on devolved transport decision making


Decision makers need to rethink the way they assess transport infrastructure plans in the light of devolution, according to a new report.

Wiltshire Council and Balfour Beatty end £150M contract early


Wiltshire Council and Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) have announced they have mutually agreed to end their contract, saying it had become clear the arrangements were no longer appropriate for either party.

wind turbine piles

Wind turbine pile tests could lead to construction savings


Tests which put the load of 37 London buses on wind turbine piles have been completed, with the results being used to develop new design methods for offshore wind farms.


Irish duo win Tyneside road junction scheme


An Irish joint venture has been awarded a £40M road junction upgrade deal on Tyneside.


Overall civils activity up over the summer


Civil engineering workloads grew in August, according to a poll of firms in the industry.


Infrastructure starts fell this summer


Infrastructure project starts were down by more than a quarter this summer, according to figures released today.

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Data reveals how the civils sector changed last year

26-Aug-2015 11:39 am

Infrastructure output grew marginally last year, official figures have revealed.


You could pay the old skills tax and the new one, civils firms told

21-Aug-2015 3:40 pm

Civils firms may be asked to pay the new apprenticeship levy as well as the existing Construction Industry Training Board tax.

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What A-level results day means for civils firms

14-Aug-2015 4:29 pm

The number of girls taking A-levels in subjects core to engineering careers is growing faster than the volume of boys doing so, according to NCE analysis of official figures.

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Could kite power replace the humble wind turbine?

5-Aug-2015 5:22 pm

Kites on an industrial scale are going to give offshore wind farms a run for their money according to a British company which has just embarked on its first funding round for £10M to further develop its product.

St Bride's Church, London

Campaign to repair the UK’s crumbling church spires

31-Jul-2015 10:28 am | Updated: 31-Jul-2015 4:58 pm

The National Churches Trust has launched an urgent appeal to raise £250,000 for repairs to crumbling church spires around the UK.

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Turner & Townsend looks to create 200 jobs

29-Jul-2015 4:08 pm

Turner & Townsend aims to create 200 UK jobs in 12 months, chief executive Vincent Clancy has revealed.

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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Jim O'Sullivan: getting hands on at Highways England

Drilling a customer focused mindset into engineers at Highways England and its suppliers is the top and toughest task for new boss Jim O’Sullivan. He talks in depth to Mark Hansford on the challenges ahead.

London Bridge video still

VIDEO | Latest engineering works at London Bridge station


More than 15 engineering trains took part in an intense session of work at London Bridge station over the bank holiday weekend.

Tunnel boring machine

GALLERY | 14m diameter tunnel boring machine starts work in Hong Kong


A 14-metre diameter tunnel boring machine has arrived on site in Hong Kong as part of the construction of a new transport link.

Fire hydrant blamed for plume of water

Fire hydrant blamed for South London water plume


Transport for London has insisted a fire hydrant was to blame for a plume of water seen in south London this morning.

Crossrail tunnel video still

VIDEO | Take an interactive tour of a Crossrail tunnel


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to perform acrobatics on the front of a train going through Crossrail tunnels?

Sandscaping scenario

How the Crown Estate aims to bring Dutch tidal defence model to the UK

The Crown Estate is calling on engineers to develop the Dutch “sand engine” coastal defence proposition to protect the UK’s coastlines. The organisation’s head of minerals and infrastructure Ian Selby speaks to NCE

Careers: Fertile ground

Workloads may be increasing in the geotechnical sector but this is leading to concerns about a skills shortage in the industry.

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