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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.

Birmingham CHP energy pipework

Birmingham gets green energy boost from New Street revamp


Excess heat from the revamped Birmingham New Street station’s combined heat and power (CHP) unit is being exported into the Second City’s district energy scheme.

Crossrail 2 logo

Big hitters line up for first Crossrail 2 contract


Bidding is getting underway on the first contract for Crossrail 2, the next major underground railway proposed for London.

Clacton sea defence

PHOTOS | Work begins on Clacton and Holland-on-Sea coastal defence job


Work has got underway on a £36m sea defence project in Clacton and Holland-on-Sea.

Luzhniki Stadium

Construction of Russia’s 2018 World Cup stadia “ahead of schedule”, says FIFA


Construction of the stadia Russia plans to use for the 2018 World Cup is “ahead of schedule”, according to a delegation from FIFA (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association) which has visited four host cities over the past week.

Timber frame construction

£1.25M prize offered for tall building design ideas


A US$2m (£1.25M) prize is being offered for design ideas which will allow taller wooden buildings to be constructed.

Gothenburg harbour

Arcadis to tackle Gothenburg flood problems


Arcadis is to carry out a feasibility study with Swedish company Sweco for two flood barriers in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

News In depth: The biggest stories in detail

EdF's Hinkley proposal

Hinkley Point: Over to you, supply chain

8-Oct-2014 5:27 pm

The UK nuclear supply chain has been told to prepare in earnest for a mammoth wave of work, following the approval of state aid arrangements for Hinkley Point C.

Engineering bosses adopt 10 point equality plan

Engineering bosses adopt 10 point equality plan

30-Sep-2014 3:32 pm

Leaders of 20 of the UK’s top science, technology, engineering and manufacturing companies have signed up to a 10 point plan aimed at boosting the retention and development of women employees.

Pothole (Michael Gil, Flickr)

Road maintenance funding system “ludicrous”, say MPs

25-Sep-2014 10:14 am

Cost-effectively maintaining roads under the current funding system is difficult to achieve, an influential group of MPs has warned.

Hampton Court chalet

Historic west London riverside chalet raised as protection from flooding

23-Sep-2014 12:02 pm

A historic London riverside landmark was successfully raised 1.5m above its original level in a £1.4M operation over the weekend.

floating wind farm

Swedes challenge convention with floating wind farms

23-Sep-2014 11:51 am

A Swedish energy firm is planning to create multi-turbine floating wind power platforms in UK waters.

Tilting Dock

Dutch engineers unveil tilting lock idea

12-Sep-2014 4:04 pm

Dutch engineers have unveiled a radical idea for a tilting lock to allow tall sailing boats to pass under bridges without them having to lift.

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

Birmingham New Street station

Rail: Change Station

An extraordinary transformation is under way at Birmingham New Street station - with some imaginative engineering solutions to match, as Margo Cole reports.


HS2: Contest for billion pound civils deals to start within months

Civils firms will begin to compete for £1bn packages of work on High Speed 2 within months, project bosses have pledged.

Medmerry winning team

Flood defence schemes take top honours at British Construction Industry Awards

Two very different flood defence schemes have scooped top honours at the British Construction Awards 2014.

Donaldson Associates project

Danish giant Cowi buys UK tunneller Donaldson Associates

Danish engineering giant Cowi has bought ground engineering and tunnelling specialists Donaldson Associates.


Thames Tideway tunnel moves to alliancing model

Bidders on the £4bn-plus Thames Tideway Tunnel supersewer are to discover next week that they are going to have to rethink their relationships with each other work more collaboratively with their supply chains.

New Port House Antwerp

Concrete: Jewel on the crown

A dramatic new building is taking shape on the Antwerp skyline that is posing a challenging test formwork and falsework designers. NCE reports.

desert rail

Rail: Desert dreams?

The ambitious Gulf Co-operation Council railway scheme will run for 2,200km across the Middle East and is initially priced at £175bn, but procurement and securing an overall delivery body remain concerns. NCE reports

Birmingham New Street station

Rail: Change Station

An extraordinary transformation is under way at Birmingham New Street station - with some imaginative engineering solutions to match, as Margo Cole reports.

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