News from Alexandra Wynne
London faces a serious threat from groundwater flooding and officials are failing to act to mitigate risks, a leading water consultant said today.
Dredging will not stop flooding on the Somerset Levels and a more comprehensive plan to manage land higher up the catchment would be more effective, Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith said last week.
The launch of a new fair payment charter that would see suppliers paid within 30 days could spell the end for project bank accounts, the government’s construction tsar has said.
The efficiency programme at Network Rail is beginning to yield results but the work is also highlighting what is left to be done.
With political conviction for High Speed 2 (HS2) faltering behind the scenes at Westminster there is a rise in favour of resurrecting plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport.
Tunnels under the Atlantic, High Speed 5 and Apple in charge of the world – all of which are possibilities for the next 40 years as far as civil engineers are concerned.
We’re used to the age old friction between architects and engineers, but in these unrelenting economic doldrums the clash of ideals between what is iconic and what is affordable or appropriate is heightening.