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Election candidates must heed infrastructure calls


Apologies. This week’s NCE is a little bit more political than we would like.

Devon bypass

New skills are needed to kick start major projects


I was down on the South Devon Link road last week. It’s a relatively modest (although big for Devon) £110M scheme that will relieve a massive bottleneck on the way to Torbay and in the process create 7,500 jobs across the region.


The Chinese are coming, but why worry?

2 April 2015

China is coming to get ya. That was the loud and clear message from Laing O’Rourke Construction Hong Kong non-executive chairman Doug Oakervee last week at NCE’s pre-Consultants Awards Executive Briefing.

swansea barrage

Don’t let the sceptics shoot down our ambitions


Silt. That appears to be the main engineering reason why Tidal Lagoon Power’s aspiration to generate 8% of the UK’s energy need from an entirely renewable, sustainable source is doomed to fail. That’s according to NCE’s Letters pages this week.

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We must address apprentices shortage now


There seemed to be a lot more noise around National Apprenticeship Week this year.

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Big Bang

Worst in Europe for employing women – UK civil engineering must spark change


Engineers are in huge demand worldwide - yet the number of young people joining the profession is in decline. What is to be done?

BIM: Industry risks losing out to foreign competition by failing to share ideas

Why don’t we share our innovative ideas?

10 October 2013

Sharing innovations is vital if UK construction is going to take on the world. So why is everyone so afraid of it?


Water prepares for a new age of procurement

14 March 2013

This year is set to be busy for contractors and consultants alike. The biggest year of capital spend in the £22bn AMP5 programme coincides with clients coming to market to start negotiations for AMP6, the next round of asset management planning between 2016 and 2020.


Why box ticking is causing procurement chaos

7 February 2013

Since the start of the year NCE’s news pages have been filled with accounts of a succession of procurement problems. Mark Hansford learns how box ticking has replaced engineering judgement.


Written in the cloud


“We want to change the way people do infrastructure design,” proclaimed software giant Autodesk’s senior vice president, industry strategy Andrew Anagnost on the eve of the firm’s annual convention in Las Vegas last week. “And the way we’re going to do it is by using the power of the cloud.”


Written in the cloud

6 December 2012

“We want to change the way people do infrastructure design,” proclaimed software giant Autodesk’s senior vice president, industry strategy Andrew Anagnost on the eve of the firm’s annual convention in Las Vegas last week. “And the way we’re going to do it is by using the power of the cloud.”


Equality: Driven by a code of merit

23-Mar-2015 | Updated: 24-Mar-2015

Mott MacDonald chief Keith Howells is on a mission to see his firm visibly taking the lead in the equality debate. Mark Hansford finds out more.

Tube work training

Careers: Training for tracks


Supporting London mayor Boris Johnson’s skills agenda and helping deliver a sustainable future for the railway industry, specialist contractor Cleshar is launching a training academy with a difference. Mark Hansford reports.

New Cannon Street entrance at Bank

Bank Station upgrade: Sharing the experience


It is a year of total focus on the details for the project team responsible for delivering London Underground’s next fiendishly complex major scheme - the £625M Bank Station Capacity Upgrade. That total focus is being aided by a step-change in team working.

Mark Hansford

Mark Hansford is Interim Editor of New Civil Engineer.

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Brief biography

I am a qualified civil engineer with more than 20 years construction industry experience; 13 as a journalist with NCE. Since joining NCE in 2000, I have been the first construction journalist into Iraq following the second Gulf War, was on the scene in tsunami-struck Sri Lanka, reported on a fatal bridge collapse in Portugal, covered a tunnel blaze in Baltimore, and exposed fundamental design failings in the Windsor's Jubilee River.

Awards include IBP Young Journalist of the Year 2001, News Reporter of the Year 2003 and Construction/Infrastructure Writer of the Year 2013.

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Crossrail: from civils to systems - CEO Andrew Wolstenholme on preparing for an operational railway


Tunnelling work is now nearly complete on Europe’s largest infrastructure project and to celebrate this NCE is poised to publish its fourth Crossrail major project report. Setting the scene, chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme reflects on the achievements so far and looks ahead to the work still to be done.

East Side Access: Major project in New York

NCE/ACE Consultants Awards winners: Mott MacDonald


The choice of UK-owned Mott MacDonald as NCE/ACE Global Consultant of the Year could have proved controversial. But the facts of the matter are that Mott MacDonald is thriving as a truly global business.

Kings Cross

NCE/ACE Consultants Awards winners: Peter Brett Associates


Peter Brett Associates had an incredible 2013, growing organically and by acquisition as part of a five year strategy. As a result it stood out as NCE/ACE Consultant of the Year (250 to 2,500 employees).  

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