So, the Stonehenge tunnel is back on! It’s incredible really. Seven years ago the scheme was binned - seemingly forever - after three years of environmental acrimony and cost escalation forced the then transport minister Tom Harris to conclude that the £540M scheme “cannot be justified and would not represent best use of taxpayers’ money”.
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As ever, there has been plenty of rumour about what is likely to be announced in the Autumn Statement. Damaging road schemes are set to be a key part.
For those in the Scottih infrastructure sector, is the referendum decision good for business?
I simply don’t believe that the issues of equality can be solved by short term measures. If we want sustainable progress, and a better future, we have to get down to the very hard work at school level.
How often do you hear the phrase “we want to be an intelligent client”? At first glance it’s a vague-sounding notion. After all, I have yet to meet a client who aspired to be stupid.
There’s a renewed interest in making things among today’s generation of students. Whether they’re training as software developers, product designers, architects or engineers, making has once again become cool, as design and science, technology engineering and mathematics courses fill and a global “innovation economy” emerges.
Design software: help or hindrance?
While we may marvel at the speed and alacrity with which China has expanded its high speed rail network, its progress in road building has been even more impressive. In 2012 and 2013, China opened more than 10,000km of new expressway (motorway) each year and this year already more than a further 8,000km has been opened.
Civils graduates future in a digital age.
Is the government about to do a U-turn on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)? Further consultation, recently released by Defra and DCLG on an alternative to the Flood and Water Management Act’s proposals for sustainable drainage, certainly suggests so.
Eurocodes and temporary works.
Safeguarding a place for our future engineers
New materials are shaping the future.
On World Humanitarian Day last month I noted the theme for this year was calling for more humanitarian heroes. The world needed them – and still needs them – but the world needs more. It needs local heroes. Skilled local heroes, who know the area better than anyone else.
I read with interest recently a couple of articles about the challenges facing the construction sector as it bounces back to sustained growth. Bumper orders books sound great, these articles proclaim, but at the same time they warn about material and plant shortages.
London: Unsustainable growth?
M25: Dealing with symptons not causes of congestion
High Speed 2: Slip coaches need extra staff