Aecom’s acquisition of URS looks set to not only to redefine what a large UK consultancy looks like but also raises the possibility that it will trigger more shape shifting of the industry to the point that it will begin to mimic the likes of accountancy’s Big Four firms.
Labour will establish an independent National Infrastructure Commission if the party is returned to power at the next General Election next year, party leader Ed Miliband has said.
Lord Berkeley has complained that the coalition government is allowing “big project mania” to skew its infrastructure policies.
Ministers must set out clear, costed infrastructure spending targets and act decisively to set the best balance between taxation and user charges, says a key ICE report published today.
Thames Tideway bosses want 50% of the staff on the £4.1bn tunnel project to be women by the time the project is completed in 2023.
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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.
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.
Tunnelling work is now nearly complete on Europe’s largest infrastructure project and to celebrate this NCE is poised to publish its fourth Crossrail major project report. Setting the scene, chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme reflects on the achievements so far and looks ahead to the work still to be done.
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.
With Mark Carney and the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee dropping more than a few hints of a sooner rather than later rise in interests rates I wonder how many construction companies are prepared for its impact?
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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Piling firm Aarsleff has called on main contractors and clients to factor in longer lead times to avoid project delays.
Laing O’Rourke has appointed Paul Sheffield as managing director of the group’s Europe Hub business, which covers operations in Canada, the UK, and the Middle East.
The Government is to privatise the state-owned construction supplier database, Constructionline.