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Latest civil engineering news, analysis and opinion from New Civil Engineer. NCE is the weekly magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers and can be enjoyed in print, on iPad, on Android and online here via the digital editions tab.

Flooding in Somerset

Rail and local roads rapped by Transport Resilience Review


The performance of the rail network and local authority roads has been criticised by the Transport Resilience Review, published today.


Piling contractor warns of project delays


Piling firm Aarsleff has called on main contractors and clients to factor in longer lead times to avoid project delays.


United launches another £60M AMP6 framework


United Utilities has launched another framework to run during the AMP6 asset management period.

M4 Wales

ECI for £800m M4 relief road


The Welsh Government will use an early contractor involvement (ECI) procurement route for the M4 relief road.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

aecom urs merger

Aecom/URS mega-merger redefines UK consultancy

22-Jul-2014 12:44 pm

Aecom’s acquisition of URS looks set to not only to redefine what a large UK consultancy looks like but also raises the possibility that it will trigger more shape shifting of the industry to the point that it will begin to mimic the likes of accountancy’s Big Four firms.

mark hansford

Hansford becomes NCE’s seventh editor

22-Jul-2014 12:16 pm

Mark Hansford has been appointed editor of NCE, becoming the seventh to lead the brand since its launch in 1972.

3D printing

HS2 boss urges engineers to embrace new technology

22-Jul-2014 12:07 pm

Engineers must innovate more and be more willing to embrace new technology if they are to remain relevant and well regarded by the public, the chief engineer behind High Speed 2 (HS2) said last week.

Manchester busway

Manchester guided bus shuns precast

8-Jul-2014 3:22 pm

Slipformed concrete has been chosen over the precast concrete alternative for the £27M, 4.5km section of kerb guided busway on the 21km Leigh-Salford-Manchester Bus Priority project, NCE can report.

Portsmouth road repairs

Colas/URS venture targets long term road maintenance

8-Jul-2014 2:53 pm

Colas and consultant URS have teamed up to offer local authorities whole life cost savings on roads in exchange for long term contracts.


Ring fence roads cash for maintenance work

8-Jul-2014 2:49 pm

Ring fencing 2p per litre of fuel duty for road repairs would allow councils to significantly cut the highway maintenance backlog within a decade, town hall bosses said this week.

News Analysis: NCE looks at the story behind the story

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?

Ben Mitchell

How engineers can attract media interest

13-Mar-2014 12:27 pm

Long after the floodwaters have receded and the insurance claims have been settled, what will be the abiding memories of the 2014 winter storms?

This Week's Top Story

Aecom URS

Aecom acquires URS for £2.3bn

Aecom has bought rival consultant URS for around $4bn (£2.3bn) in cash and shares.

McLoughlin looks forward to driverless cars

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has spoken of the role for driverless cars in the future.

Catthtorpe layout

Roads: Midlands Link

The second phase of a massive project to remodel the Catthorpe Interchange - a bottleneck on the motorway and trunk road network - is now underway.

acton diveunder

Rail: Acton on track

A project to remodel tracks to the west of London has been underway for the last three years, in preparation for Crossrail trains to run on the existing rail network, as Jon Masters discovers.

Trailblazer: Rail was an early  adopter of collaboration principles

Rail: The shared advantage of collaboration

The rail industry has been among the first sectors to adopt the new British Standard for collaborative working. Report by Julie-Anne Ryan.

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