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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.

Subsea Interconnector

Construction work starts on world’s longest subsea interconnector


Construction phase of €2bn subsea interconnector project between UK and Norway begins

THE GALLERY | Swiss hotel would be Europe’s tallest building


Images reveal design and engineering masterplan for Swiss hotel that will soar more than 380m high

Female construction worker

Girls' parents don't believe they are interested in engineering


Fewer than one in 10 parents of girls believes engineering appeals to their children, according to research published today.

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Labour sets out its infrastructure vision


The Labour Party has pledged to create “certainty” for infrastructure investment if it wins the upcoming general election.

David Cameron

How did the coalition rate on infrastructure?


Senior engineering figures discussed the coalition government’s infrastructure achievements as Parliament was dissolved today.

Boris Johnson and TBM Victoria

THE GALLERY | Boris in a tunnel boring machine


Boris Johnson has been up close and personal with a tunnel boring machine this week ahead of its final journey for Crossrail.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

Pothole cash wasted as local road network condition remains the same, says survey

26-Mar-2015 10:53 am

The 2015 Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey has highlighted a massive 33% increase in the number of potholes filled over the last year - but no reduction in the amount needed to bring the network up to scratch.

NCE/ACE Consultants Awards 2015 winners

Eight firms recognised for business excellence

23-Mar-2015 4:16 pm

Eight engineering consultancies large and small have been recognised for their business excellence in the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards.

Effects of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Vanuatu must put focus on resilient infrastructure, say engineers

16-Mar-2015 5:08 pm | Updated: 23-Mar-2015 12:47 pm

Engineers have called for a renewed focus on building resilient infrastructure in the wake of the cyclone that devastated infrastructure across Vanuatu.

National Apprenticeship Week sees shift to employer input

16-Mar-2015 2:39 pm | Updated: 16-Mar-2015 2:41 pm

Engineers have hailed renewed efforts by employers to get involved in the creation of apprenticeships.

Moxon Architects' opening bridge at Deptford Creek, Greenwich, East London

Infrastructure crucial to new London homes target of 49,000 a year - Lister

11-Mar-2015 10:29 am | Updated: 13-Mar-2015 2:12 pm

Deputy mayor of London for planning Sir Edward Lister has hammered home the importance of infrastructure investment in delivering the new London Plan which sets out the need for almost 50,000 new homes to be built in the capital every year from now until 2036.


Ten year journey to BIM3 begins

11-Mar-2015 12:16 pm

The government has launched its building information modelling (BIM) level 3 initiative with the aim of improving data security and accessibility, scrapping paper contracts and driving infrastructure spending efficiencies.

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?

This Week's Top Story

top 20 recruiters

Britain's top 20 recruiters 2014

NCE has compiled a list of the Top 20 consultancy firms based on the number of engineers they recruited last year. The results indicate a healthy global market and big opportunities for anyone looking for a job.

Sheffield's HS2 Meadowhall station

Sheffield to Leeds section of HS2 could be fast-tracked

The Sheffield to Leeds section of High Speed 2 could be built ahead of schedule, ministers said today.

Effects of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

Vanuatu must put focus on resilient infrastructure, say engineers

Engineers have called for a renewed focus on building resilient infrastructure in the wake of the cyclone that devastated infrastructure across Vanuatu.

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.

Terry Morgan

Careers: Skills champion

Creating apprenticeships and training opportunities has been a focus of Terry Morgan’s chairmanship of Crossrail. NCE reports

Curing the void: The planned maintenance hub for the new fleet of Hitachi trains close to Bristol Parkway has had to deal with a collapsed culvert

Great Western Line: Mind the gap

Construction of a hi-tech rail hub for the next generation of trains is taking shape near Bristol but dealing with historical site issues has called for some complex deep excavations. NCE reports

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