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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.


Direct employment enhances contractors' HS2 chances


High Speed 2 bosses are looking for contractors with directly employed workers as they move into the procurement phase for the first phase of the £43bn project.


Industry sets out its Adonis commission wishlist


Leading industry figures have backed the creation of a national infrastructure commission – and suggested what its priorities should be.

Future technology client panel 3

4 things major construction clients can do to get the best out of new technology


A panel of major clients has agreed that the industry needs to change its working cultures to get the most out of ground-breaking technology.

Shadow infrastructure minister Lord Adonis

Former Labour transport secretary to chair infrastructure commission


Former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis is to chair an independent panel designed to take the politics out of infrastructure planning.

engineers in schools

Apprenticeship application shake-up urged


A university-style application system should be in place for apprenticeships, according to a group of leading training figures from firms including Laing O’Rourke.


ORR finds 'series of issues' with Network Rail capability


The rail regulator has raised questions about Network Rail’s ability to hit its control period 5 targets.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail


Airports: Five key Heathrow decision issues

21-Sep-2015 11:33 am

Business leaders and politicians put more pressure on the government to build a new runway at Heathrow at a recent event organised by the Let Britain Fly campaign.


Crossrail chief on the future of drones

18-Sep-2015 9:57 am

A key technology figure at Crossrail has outlined ways drones could be used in the construction projects of the future.

HS2 Southern Entrance

Council slams latest plans for HS2 Euston terminus

9-Sep-2015 1:47 pm | Updated: 29-Sep-2015 10:48 am

High Speed 2 (HS2) will make Euston station a disjointed railway terminus if new redevelopment plans for the £43bn project go ahead, a key London borough warned last week.

Crossrail Elizabeth TBM Liverpool Street station

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.

Female construction worker

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.

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

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.

Newport school children testing their bridge at Tredegar House

THE GALLERY | Primary school children build bridge in Wales


Primary school children from Newport got the chance to be engineers for a day as they learned how to construct a bridge and then walked across the structure they had built.

Aerial shot of the new 6,000t, 45,000m2 roof on the former olympic stadium

VIDEO | Transforming the Olympic stadium


The former London Olympic stadium has been transformed, with capacity for 54,000 spectators and a new roof structure weighing four times the weight of its predecessor.

Jenny Griffiths: computer scientist, founder & CEO of fashion app SNAP Fashion

VIDEO | Are you pretty curious?


EDF Energy has launched an initiative to change teenage girls’ perceptions of science.

The drones had a motorized spool that allowed them to control the role tension and plastic tubes are used to guide the role.

VIDEO | Drones build rope bridge


Swiss students studying aerial construction have used drones to build a rope bridge that can carry the weight of a person.

St George's bridge

Roads: Resurfacing Doncaster's St George's Bridge

A high performance steel slag-based asphalt is ensuring that St George’s Bridge in Doncaster maintains its role as the town centre’s crucial northern gateway - long into the future. Ty Byrd reports.

Autodesk round table

Unlocking private finance deals

Project finance and the best way to remove the obstacles to investment were the topics for discussion at the first of two round tables hosted by NCE and Autodesk.

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