News from NCE magazine
Department for Transport (DfT) officials have defended the government’s work on the economic case for High Speed 2 (HS2) after coming in for criticism last week.
Infrastructure spending can generate £2.84 for every £1 invested, and will produce economic benefits within the first year, according to a report published this week.
Mott MacDonald chairman Keith Howells has heralded last week’s purchase of South African consultant PD Naidoo & Associates as the beginning of a “braver” and “more strategic” era.
The ICE’s specialist NEC contracts panel has published a series of “How to” guides for NEC3 users and developed a new Professional Service Short Contract (PSSC).
Balfour Beatty UK construction boss Mike Peasland has been demoted and put in temporary charge of the firm’s struggling regional business.
Business news analysis
Among a number of other indicators, a strong sign of the first stages of economic recovery is growth of recruitment of civil and structural engineers. Analysis of entries to this year’s Consultants File, published alongside NCE this week is good. In contrast to the downward trend of the past two years, numbers of engineers recruited by UK firms are back on the up.
Consulting engineers are recruiting again as they get to grips with growing workloads overseas, and to an extent in the UK. Here NCE profiles those who took on the most engineers last year.
Other business News
The UK could boosts its energy security and tax revenues through shale gas production, but it is not yet clear whether it will reduce energy prices, MPs said today.
Consultant Mott MacDonald is buying South African consultant PD Naidoo & Associates to strengthen its position in the African market.
Contractor Bam Nuttall has announced a rise in pre-tax profit and margins for the year ending 31 December 2013.