It is hard to get past the numbers. In the last calendar year fee income at programme manager Turner & Townsend soared 20% from £204M to £244M, and the number of civil and structural staff it employs has surged with it, from 1,996 to 2,303. Turnover for the financial year to 30 April 2012 was up 16% on the previous year to £275M and pretax profits were up from £18.7M to a healthy £23.6M.
Challenge and compromise have characterised the design and construction of this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London’s Hyde Park. Max Thompson reports.
Last month French dignitaries gathered to see work begin on one of the biggest structures for the 302km Bordeaux-Tours South Europe Atlantic high speed rail line. Mark Hansford was there to meet the project team making it happen.
Switzerland’s landscape has necessitated extensive use of tunnels and as a result has much expertise to offer countries looking to expand their infrastructure and urban facilities under ground. Diarmaid Fleming reports.
Energy & Waste features
A landmark regeneration project in Sydney demonstrates that economic performance can drive sustainable development
The UK’s first major construction equipment show is just a few weeks away. Margo Cole previews the highlights.
Software company Autodesk has a grand vision for Building Information Modelling. Its chief executive officer Carl Bass tells Mark Hansford how cloud computing and a different approach to marketing its products will change the way contractors do business.
Once Strategic Rail Authority boss, more recently Etihad Rail boss, and now EC Harris senior advisor, Richard Bowker has heard all the arguments for and against spending on infrastructure. Two weeks ahead of the next spending review, Mark Hansford finds out where he sees the state of play.
Few companies can report continued growth during the recent years of recession, but Bam Ritchies has managed to maintain and build on its position in the last five years. Claire Symes talks to Ian Dalgleish about how the company has bucked the trend.
Consultant Hyder started the year with an acquisirion to grow its capability in energy - just one sector for which chief executive Ivor Catto has high hopes for growth in 2013. Antony Oliver reports.
Peter Dawson is Bechtel’s new civil business unit president based in London. He’s the most senior Bechtel man in the UK and he’s British. Antony Oliver reports
After 18 months heading up GE Award-winning Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, managing director Tony Dixon talks about the changes to the business and looks ahead to the coming year.
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Major Project reports
By the summer of 2012, before the Olympic Games, London will have a new landmark. Stretching across the Thames will be the glass canopy of the new Blackfriars station, providing for the first time a national rail station that links the river’s north and south banks. NCE presents its comprehensive guide to the project.
NCE presents its major project report on Crossrail - a comprehensive guide to the project featuring interviews with Crossrail chief executive Rob Holden and Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan.