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Road

Identifying good leadership skills upfront will be key to delivering great infrastructure

16-Jan-2015 | By Alasdair Reisner

There can be little doubt that the outlook for the infrastructure sector is looking more positive than it has for many years.

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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.

London skyline

Britain needs a grand masterplan to keep up with population growth

5-May-2015 | By Tim Chapman

London’s population had shrank to just 6.7M people in 1988, but then the city started growing again. The 2011 London Plan expected it to take a further ten years for the city’s population to reach 8.4M – instead growth accelerated and it took just two years, with that level being reached in mid 2013, and currently increasing by 110,000 people every year.

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John Laverty

Tackling the skills gap

9-Mar-2015 | By John Laverty

Momentum must be built on.

Recognition at last

2-Feb-2015 | By Tony Gould

New status for temporary works engineers.

Susan Claris

Why it's time for the passionate pedestrian

30-Jan-2015

The words passionate and pedestrian do not often appear in the same sentence. While other modes of transport have their enthusiasts (the train spotters, petrol heads etc of this world), walking is something that does not usually excite.

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London Bridge

Make the most of infrastructure opportunities by embracing change

13-Jan-2015 | By Graham Reid

Now that we are truly entrenched in 2015, I cannot help noticing a prevailing sense of change in the air.

Potholes

All roads need cash

8 January 2015 | By Paul Fleetham

Government plans to invest £15bn in a major road building programme and £6bn in local roads over the course of the next parliament are welcome. However, there remains a real danger that the strategic and local road networks are being treated in isolation.

Water pipes

Think in 3D in 2015

19-Dec-2014 | By Andrew Collett

The water industry is changing and we need to adapt. And innovate.  And create. With 2015 and AMP6 around the corner, we need to make sure we’re delivering efficiency and working collaboratively to ensure we’re not left behind.

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Modern high rise development

Can new tall buildings keep up with energy regulations?

10-Dec-2014 | By Andrew Bickerdyke

High rise residential buildings are increasingly being designed and built in the UK, and London leads the way, with around 25 residential buildings of 20 storeys or more under construction and around another 80 with planning consent. Many more are in the pipeline.

Martin Blower

Contractors could ignore sustainability during the recession – but not any longer

9-Dec-2014 | By Martin Blower

Sustainability was not a high priority for contractors during the recession – winning the next project and keeping their businesses afloat was what mattered most. But with the economy growing again, ignoring sustainability will mean missing out on major contracts.

Traffic

More roads mean more traffic – an inconvenient truth the government has ignored

4-Dec-2014 | By Andrew Allen

The Autumn Statement was a missed opportunity. Despite some positive announcements on devolution, the government’s fetish for ever more roads comes at the expense of both the environment and more effective and better value public transport alternatives.

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