Politicians should do more to talk up the role of engineers in boosting the UK’s economic success – that’s the message new strategic roads minister John Hayes is eager to drive home.
The City is awaiting further statements from Carillion and Balfour Beatty over the next fortnight as the saga over a potential merger between two of the UK’s most dominant contractors rumbles on.
Arcadis’ £250M acquisition of consultant Hyder will afford the Dutch giant a platform to expand into the UK infrastructure market, chief executive Neil McArthur told NCE this week.
The proposed merger of Carillion and Balfour Beatty could create a super-contractor primed to win major new nuclear and High Speed 2 (HS2) deals.
The UK’s biggest projects are facing a shortage of concrete due to the dwindling availability of a key material.
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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.
Creating a more gender balanced workforce is a business imperative for consultant Hyder, championed by its UK managing director and the firm’s new women’s development programme.
A New York infrastructure chief has spoken of the challenges and joys of his role, along with plans to set up regular meetings with those in similar positions in London and other major cities.
The recent announcement of Aecom’s acquisition of URS, followed quickly by news of approaches to purchase Hyder by Arcadis and Nippon Koei, continues the trend towards consolidation in the engineering consulting market. These events have the potential to radically reshape the industry and significantly impact the talent landscape.
In recent years there has been increased scrutiny on public spending and the way the government carries out its procurement and delivery on major projects. Quite rightly we have seen a greater focus from government to deliver ‘more for less’ to get the best possible value for the taxpayer.
Infrastructure in 2014
The construction industry has been set some tough carbon reduction targets, but is the issue being over-simplified?
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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Arcadis chief executive Neil McArthur has spoken of his confidence that the company will secure Hyder Consulting following its improved offer.
Dutch giant Arcadis has outbid Japanese rival Nippon Koei in the battle to takeover Hyder
Costain will not bid for any more waste contracts, due to the problems it has experienced on the Greater Manchester PFI scheme.