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Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan

Crossrail chairman speaks of 'total sense of loss' felt following worker death

11-Mar-2014 | By

Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan has spoken of the “total sense of loss” felt by the organisation following Friday’s tragic death of a worker on the project.

Dawlish rail washout

Video: Network Rail work day and night to reinstate storm damaged mainline at Dawlish

5-Mar-2014 | By Michaila Hancock

Network Rail has said the storm-hit Dawlish railway line could re-open on 4 April, well ahead of schedule.

Dawlish repairs

Network Rail could complete Dawlish repair early

27-Feb-2014 | By

Network Rail is to review whether it can bring forward the date for reopening the storm-damaged line at Dawlish next week.

Dawlish rail washout

Dawlish rail washout triggers call for inland lines

14-Feb-2014 | By Greg Pitcher

Options for rerouting the Great Western Main Line away from the coast around Dawlish were emerging this week after Network Rail said it would examine the viability of shifting the line.

hammersmith flyover

Hammersmith flyunder ‘could be built in three years’

14-Feb-2014 | By

A tunnel replacement for Hammersmith flyover in west London could be built in just three years and release around £1bn worth of former highway land to help pay for the works.

Swansea barrage

Swansea energy lagoon developer seeks local contractor input

10-Feb-2014 | By Greg Pitcher

Energy firm Tidal Lagoon Power wants Welsh construction companies to play a major role in creating a 9.5km sea wall and renewable energy plant in Swansea Bay.

Geotechnical features

Opened up

Geotechnical: Fjord for thought

25-Mar-2014 | By NCE Editorial

Tough conditions and temperature fluctuations have been resolved by real time monitoring on basement props in Oslo


Piling & foundations: Royal carriage - King Sheet Pile system

25-Mar-2014 | By

Highway schemes have already benefited from Balfour Beatty’s sheet piling innovation and now the rail sector is recognising the advantages of king sheet piling too.

On station

Middle East: Desert hide and seek

25-Mar-2014 | By Ruby Kitching

Adaptation of a ground investigation technique from the oil and gas industry is offering improved detection of geological anomalies in the Middle East.


Geotechnical: Bank Underground Station

25-Mar-2014 | By

Appointing a contractor before gaining planning consent may be unusual but ground investigation is currently underway to ensure it is a smooth transaction for London’s Bank Station capacity upgrade.

Deep dig

Learning to grow

25-Mar-2014 | By Ruby Kitching

What makes one SME riding the rough seas of a recession decide to sell up while another is able to diversify and grow? Ruby Kitching asks John Byrne, co-founder of the recently expanded consultant Byrne Looby, for his perspective.

Gijon Spain

Construction equipment: Europe cleans up with storm repairs

18-Mar-2014 | By NCE Editorial

Construction equipment has sprung into action to help with the post-storms recovery throughout Europe.

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.

Jim De Waele

Geotechnical: Where innovation hits the ground

21-Mar-2014 | By Jim De Waele

The open and competitive nature of the UK construction market drives a constant need to do things differently: we are all seeking that winning proposition. 

Phrased repair

Infrastructure in 2014: Balancing risk and cost

Geotechnical failures present big risks to people, infrastructure and budgets, so managing assets to mitigate against the need for emergency action should be the preferred option, but it is one few clients are opting for.

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