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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.


Spending review 2015: Boost for small-scale nuclear power


A competition is to be held to boost the possibilities of small-scale nuclear power use in the UK.

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Spending review 2015: More than 1,500 anti-flood projects pledged


More than 1,500 flood defence schemes will be funded in the six years to April 2021, the government has insisted.


Spending review 2015: Apprenticeship levy set at 0.5% of wage bills


All firms with wage bills in excess of £3M will pay an apprenticeship tax from April 2017, it has been revealed.


Spending review 2015: Scepticism as Osborne pledges £73bn for roads and rail


George Osborne has set out plans to spend £73bn on roads and rail over the six years to April 2021 – but slashed the Department for Transport’s revenue budget by more than a third.

Lord's redevelopment phase two

THE GALLERY | Boris approves Lord's overhaul


Boris Johnson has given the final go-ahead to the latest plans to improve Lord’s cricket ground.

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Christmas competition to boost children's interest in engineering


Father Christmas has issued a call for expressions of interest in creation of a back-up present delivery plan in case his trusty sleigh and reindeers encounter operational problems on 24 December.

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Offshore wind

Rudd backs offshore wind and nuclear power

18-Nov-2015 2:55 pm

Ministers could offer offshore wind developers three new opportunities to compete for government subsidies.

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Half of engineering employers let down by new recruits

13-Nov-2015 10:09 am

Engineering recruits do not meet the expectations of one in two employers, research has revealed.


Boris body calls for fresh look at impact of Heathrow expansion

11-Nov-2015 4:46 pm | Updated: 16-Nov-2015 12:48 pm

Transport for London has called for a fresh look at how a third runway at Heathrow would affect air quality.


The infrastructure funding black hole

6-Nov-2015 3:23 pm

About £2bn of infrastructure funding is needed to support development in one English county alone, according to a startling report.

Garden Bridge

Garden Bridge promoter must repay £10M to TfL

4-Nov-2015 4:34 pm | Updated: 9-Nov-2015 12:55 pm

The charity behind the proposed Thames Garden Bridge must repay £10M of Transport for London (TfL)’s contribution to the project, it has emerged.

Bibop Gresta, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies chief operating officer and deputy chairman

Hyperloop plan revolutionises high speed rail, says developer

23-Oct-2015 1:18 pm

The Californian Hyperloop could revolutionise travel and undermine the validity of spending multiple billions on high speed rail systems worldwide, according to one of the futuristic transport scheme’s prominent developers.

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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HS2 train

HS2 chief: Crossrail experience an advantage to bidders

Experience of working on Crossrail would be a “big advantage” to the teams competing for High Speed 2 civils packages, a key figure has said.

Lord's redevelopment phase two

THE GALLERY | Boris approves Lord's overhaul


Boris Johnson has given the final go-ahead to the latest plans to improve Lord’s cricket ground.

New York observation wheel

THE GALLERY | Mammoet reveals images of New York giant wheel


Engineering firm Mammoet has released images of a 191m-tall steel wheel in New York that it is in the process of constructing.

Los Angeles road buckle

THE GALLERY | Bizarre road buckling baffles engineers


Engineers and geologists in Los Angeles are trying to work out how a slipping hillside on the Vasquez Canyon Road is pushing up the road.

Each 200m-long train will provide space for 1,500 customers

THE GALLERY | How Crossrail trains will look


Detailed images have been published of the trains that will run on Crossrail.

Shieldhall tunnel

Shieldhall tunnel: Street and narrow

With just the width of a residential street in which to deliver the start of a £100M tunnelling project in Glasgow, logistics and planning proved to be critical.

Round table: Behavioural assessments

Round table: Behavioural assessments

Increasingly clients are using behavioural assessments in their procurement processes. But are they just another box ticking exercise?

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