There was just one thing awry with an otherwise stonking British Construction Industry Awards last week. And I’m a bit sad about it.
News analysis and opinion from the NCE team
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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.
Offsite manufacture sits at the heart of the UK Government’s Construction 2025 ambitions. Many sectors are turning to this approach in ever-increasing numbers to drive down construction costs by a third; speed up delivery by 50%; halve greenhouse gas emissions; and increase exports by 50% – four demanding targets of the initiative.
In his Autumn Statement this December, chancellor George Osborne will announce details of the first Road Investment Strategy (RIS). Controversially this will not only cover maintenance spending, but will increase the budget for road construction from £1.5bn in 2014-15 to £3.8bn in 2020-21.
Few would argue that transport is the lifeblood of any city – a vibrant economy depends on the efficient movement of people, goods and data.
M25: Dealing with symptons not causes of congestion
High Speed 2: Slip coaches need extra staff
Maintenance: Highways Agency must improve its performance