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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.

Forth Bridge

THE GALLERY | 125th anniversary of the Forth Bridge

4-Mar-2015

Today (Wednesday 4 March) marks the 125th anniversary of the official opening of the Forth Bridge in 1890

Costain logo

Costain profits climb on back of soaring revenue

3-Mar-2015

Underlying profits at engineering solutions giant Costain rose 4% to £28.7M in the year to December 31, 2014 compared with the previous year. Revenue soared 16% to £1.12bn on £960M in 2013.

ISG announces £16M Uk construction loss

3-Mar-2015

The construction division of construction services company ISG made a £16M loss in the six months to December 2014 compared with a £3M profit for the same period of 2013.

TfL consultation backs plans for two Old Oak Common Overground stations

3-Mar-2015

Transport for London (TfL) has revealed plans to build two new London Overground stations at Old Oak Common following a nine-week consultation.

FCC chair Esther Alcocer and deputy chair Juan Béjar

FCC halves infrastructure losses

3-Mar-2015

Spanish environmental and infrastructure company FCC Citizen Services has halved its losses for the year to December 2014 to €724M (£526M), compared with a loss of £1.1bn in 2013 on turnover down 6.2% to £4.6bn.

British spaceport gets closer to launch as industry adds support

3-Mar-2015

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has shortlisted a number of sites in Britain that could become Europe’s first spaceport.

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

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.

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 .

Andre Blackwood

Spreading the word

Atkins assistant telecoms engineer Andre Blackwood talks about working on the Bank London Underground project and gaining his EngTech qualification

Tube work training

Careers: Training for tracks

Supporting London mayor Boris Johnson’s skills agenda and helping deliver a sustainable future for the railway industry, specialist contractor Cleshar is launching a training academy with a difference. Mark Hansford reports.

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