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Let’s press on with the Thames Tideway

16-Sep-2014 | By

Little surprise last Friday when the £4bn-plus Thames Tideway Tunnel got the green light from ministers. Communities secretary Eric Pickles and environment secretary Elizabeth Truss concluded that the 25km long tunnel is the best way to stop frequent, untreated sewage discharges into the river.

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Lifted in: The composite deck was manufactured off site

Composite structures slowly gain ground

3-Sep-2014 | By Will Mann

Last week, a fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge was installed over the River Frome at Frampton Cotterell near Bristol.

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Headline stat: 84% of first year civil engineering degree students in 2012-13 were male

Engineering equality: Are universities learning the gender lesson?

19-Aug-2014 | By , Yemesi Sofolarin

Universities are in the spotlight this week, with hundreds of budding civil engineers looking to cement their college place. So NCE continues its series on Engineering Equality by looking at whether progress is being made to stimulate gender diversity at entry level. Report by Yemesi Sofolarin and Alexandra Wynne.

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Giles Perkins

What do we want for transportation in our urban areas?

12-Sep-2014 | By Giles Perkins

Few would argue that transport is the lifeblood of any city – a vibrant economy depends on the efficient movement of people, goods and data.

David Hollingsworth

Graduate investment will breed confidence in industry

12-Sep-2014 | By David Hollingsworth

The cyclical nature of property development has made it difficult to create a stable and sustainable pipeline of graduate opportunities and skills investment. This crucial, but often overlooked sector, demands a particular mix of technical skills, pragmatism and commerciality, much of which can only really be trained “on the job“.

Peter Rolton

Independence v oil dependence

4-Sep-2014 | By Peter Rolton

The Scottish independence referendum finally happens next week, with an accompanying debate that grows more convoluted by the day. Both sides of the argument have long since reached fever pitch, with the ‘Yes’ team calling foul play over British government’s refusal to allow an independent Scotland access to sterling currency and the ‘No’ team claiming that the (Scottish National Party) SNP will falter when it comes to joining the European Union as a separate state.

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Tim Chapman

Too rigourous procurement can cost clients true engineering spirit and innovation

3-Sep-2014

A revelatory moment in my thinking about procurement was when over a dinner Sir William McAlpine, of the famed construction dynasty, gave me a short extract from a John Ruskin essay.

Alex Goodfellow

Can offsite construction fill the affordable housing gap?

21-Aug-2014 | By Alex Goodfellow

We need more houses in the UK, especially affordable homes. One estimate of the gap between what we have and what we need is as high as 290,000 new homes. That’s a considerable challenge.

Dominic Briance

Will the consolidation of the engineering consulting market reshape the industry?

21-Aug-2014 | By Dominic Briance

The recent announcement of Aecom’s acquisition of URS, followed quickly by news of approaches to purchase Hyder by Arcadis and Nippon Koei, continues the trend towards consolidation in the engineering consulting market. These events have the potential to radically reshape the industry and significantly impact the talent landscape.

Richard Ratcliffe

Totally Totex – we need to think differently

8-Aug-2014 | By Richard Ratcliff

The water industry is not immune from the attention of government and regulator in the drive to get all utilities to deliver better value for their customers.

Tim Chapman

The capital's transport revolution refuses to slow down

29-Jul-2014 | By Tim Chapman

Over the past two decades, London has been transformed by a transport revolution. Great new places have been created and existing centres have been reanimated by a massive expansion and reinvigoration of public transport provision across London.

Dave Williams

The absurdity of other countries building EfW plants for UK waste

28-Jul-2014 | By Dave Williams

Many of us have spent small fortunes developing our energy businesses, be it wind, wave, nuclear new build, decommissioning or waste and recycling. The rate at which projects are coming to market is disappointing to say the least. 

Peter Rolton

Switching off the power to keep the lights switched on

28-Jul-2014 | By Peter Rolton

Starting this winter and continuing for the next four years, the National Grid is planning to offer financial rewards to the UK’s heaviest energy users in return for cutting their consumption at peak times.

James Macoll

Road spending spree masks unimaginitive transport policy

28-Jul-2014 | By James MacColl

Ministers have proclaimed the first round of the £2bn Local Growth Fund as the centrepiece of a new decentralised approach. But many of the projects receiving money are reheated old schemes which central Government ditched over 20 years ago in the face of widespread public opposition.

Richard Steel

Big thinking for flood prevention

28-Jul-2014 | By Richard Steel

The logic behind compulsory sustainable urban drainage systems (Suds) is clear: past generations of drainage engineers adopted the approach of trying to dispose of surface drainage as quickly as possible with rapid discharges to receiving river channels which cannot cope with the volumes.

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Graham Reid

Equilibrium equals success

23-Jul-2014 | By Graham Reid

There is empirical evidence to prove that profitable businesses have balanced teams of people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. When they bring their diverse perspectives to the table, they spark ideas, challenge each other, make better decisions and, in turn, create a high performance culture.

Mark Thurston

Government collaborating with the private sector can unlock resource

23-Jul-2014 | By Mark Thurston

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.

Elspeth Finch

What is innovation?

22-Jul-2014 | By Elspeth Finch

Innovation is a word on everyone’s lips in our industry. There’s a danger it simply becomes a buzzword with little meaning and even less action. However, it will be vital if we are to successfully tackle some of the major challenges around infrastructure and cities that will shape our future.

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