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Peter Hansford

Fair payment charter could spell end of project bank accounts

14-Apr-2014 | By ,

The launch of a new fair payment charter that would see suppliers paid within 30 days could spell the end for project bank accounts, the government’s construction tsar has said.

Keith Howells

Mott MacDonald buys New Zealand water specialist AWT

7-Apr-2014 | By NCE Editorial

Mott MacDonald’s acquisition of New Zealand water specialist AWT has kick-started a bold Australasian expansion plan, NCE can reveal.


London mayor says engineers 'lack confidence'

1-Apr-2014 | By

Engineers must become more confident and innovate more to solve infrastructure problems, London mayor Boris Johnson said last week.Johnson said modern engineers have less confidence and optimism than their Victorian predecessors and said he would back ideas that were truly ground-breaking.

Wind power

Energy companies voice concern at state of UK offshore market

27-Mar-2014 | By Greg Pitcher

Energy firms could quit the UK offshore wind market unless the investment environment improves, the government has been warned.

The City of London

Float on the Stock Exchange, fund managers tell consultants

25-Mar-2014 | By

Fund managers are urging civil engineering consultancies to consider floating their firms on the London Stock Exchange because they are desperate to invest in the sector.

Business news analysis


Companies speed up their recruitment as economy grows

25-Mar-2014 | Updated: 26-Mar-2014 | By Jon Masters

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”.

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Cyrille Ragoucy

Lafarge Tarmac’s Cyrille Ragoucy sets out his strategy

13-Mar-2014 | By

Lafarge Tarmac chief executive Cyrille Ragoucy is in an ebullient mood. Having been at the helm for just over a year - the giant joint venture between the UK operations of Lafarge and Anglo American began trading as Lafarge Tarmac on 7 January 2013 - he is confident that his firm is ready to make a serious impact.

Jim De Waele

Apprentices are not just an investment in the future, they make economic sense today

8-Apr-2014 | By Jim De Waele

As the UK economy continues to emerge from recession, there is almost unanimous support from all sides of the political arena on the importance of apprenticeships.

Mark Naysmith

Business: For the public good

13-Mar-2014 | By Mark Naysmith

At the height of flooding in the UK, WSP’s press office was inundated with calls wanting civil engineers to comment in the media.


Infrastructure in 2014: Material gains for the planet

The construction industry has been set some tough carbon reduction targets, but is the issue being over-simplified?

Infrastructure Investment infographic

Infrastructure in 2014: The multiplier effect of investment

The positive economic impact of infrastructure has long been recognised. While many agree that the Victorian period was a golden age for investment in infrastructure, the UK is now on the cusp of a similar era of growth and reinvention.

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