Collaborative working is top of the agenda again this week, with Network Rail telling NCE how “behavioural fit” not price will determine which contractors get a slice of its £23bn pie in the next five year spending period.
News analysis and opinion from the NCE team
For anyone who may have thought that the Green Agenda had fallen by the wayside, a key decision earlier this month served as a stark reminder for why it shouldn’t be ignored.
While the UK debates in great detail what it might and mightn’t like about High Speed 2 (HS2), there are grander visions being explored for high speed rail travel on the world stage. And they threaten to undermine the UK’s ambition to lead the development of innovative railway technology.
Sharing innovations is vital if UK construction is going to take on the world. So why is everyone so afraid of it?
The expert view
Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement, during his charm offensive in China last week, that Chinese investors are to help fund construction of Britain’s first new nuclear power station in a generation, is a huge boost to the UK’s energy sector.
WSP’s Clive Powell asks what characterises good geotechnical engineering, and reflects on how the industry will need to move on in the future.
Amid all the furor over shale energy lately, some simple facts have at times been forgotten, says WSP’s David Symons
We arrived by boat at the port in Ormoc City. As soon as we stepped onto the port, we were in the middle of a disaster zone. Everything was destroyed. Tin roofing sheets were hanging off trees like wet blankets.
Nuclear lessons for offshore delivery.
Why contractors should use rivers more.
For the first time in five years the highways and transport industry feels positive about the present, with increased confidence in the future.
The need for the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) to evolve into a robust and focused delivery plan is growing by the day.
This month saw the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) amend the Building Regulations Approved Document A on structural safety to reference Eurocodes. Collaborative work will ensure the transition runs smoothly says the BSI.
Construction is in recovery. Well if the figures gathered quarterly by the Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) from its members are anything to go by, that is.