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Inefficiencies, delays, dissatisfaction... regulator raps Network Rail

21-Nov-2014 | By

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has delivered a withering verdict on Network Rail’s performance covering April-October 2014.

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Construction of £31bn Nicaragua Canal starts next month

21-Nov-2014 | By

Construction work on the £31bn canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans through Nicaragua will start on 22 December.

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Fears emerge that imported Dutch precast concrete blocks could be hazardous waste

20-Nov-2014 | By

Imported Dutch precast concrete structural interlocking blocks containing high lead content recycled glass aggregate could be reclassified as hazardous waste, NCE has learned.

Hive

Research centre aims to give birth to infrastructure-boosting innovations in building materials

17-Nov-2014 | By Greg Pitcher

Innovative noise-reducing windows that could give a major boost to the siting of major transport links are just one set of experiments lined up for an ambitious facility taking shape in the Wiltshire countryside.

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Hard work begins now for firms on £5bn roads framework

7-Nov-2014 | By Greg Pitcher

The 25 companies named on a £5bn Highways Agency framework this week will be pushed to find quicker, safer ways of working on Britain’s major roads.

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NCE best practice round table: Supply chain engagement

18-Nov-2014 | By Ruby Kitching

Why are some construction industry players still failing to engage fairly and effectively with their supply chain? NCE went in search of an answer by bringing together leading designers, contractors and specialists for a special round table debate. In association with Mabey Hire

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Construction equipment: Speedy Hire changing gear

18-Nov-2014 | By

After a challenging year, Speedy Hire has emerged stronger than ever, as its chief executive officer Mark Rogerson tells Margo Cole.

NCE Video special

NCE interim editor Mark Hansford shares his highlights from the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards.

Fay Bull

Public facing? Be a flood defence expert

9-Nov-2014 | By Greg Pitcher

Nottingham City Council’s flood mitigation manager Fay Bull talks about adrenaline, helping the public and discussing dredging over cocktails.

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Highway management

Road projects under scrutiny after European court ruling

The government has been urged to rethink its road building plans after being ordered by the European Union (EU) to reduce air pollution in many places as soon as possible.

Professor John Burland

We need to go to the trenches to back youth

Trust in youth. That was the first of three poignant messages from Imperial College London emeritus professor John Burland last week in an inspiring keynote address at NCE sister title Ground Engineering’s Next Generation Awards.

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Different materials being sorted for recycling or reuse on the London Olympic site

Cradle to cradle: NCE webinar to discuss circular economy

10-Nov-2014

Dr Richard Swannell, technical lead, WRAP, and Martyn Kenny, sustainability director, Lafarge Tarmac, will join NCE’s Mark Hansford to discuss how to make material decisions based on whole-life performance

Twitter debate

TWITTER DEBATE | Improving health and safety on site

11-Oct-2014

NCE is teaming up with RMD Kwikform in a live Twitter debate on Tuesday 14 October at 12.30pm to discuss how health and safety can be improved on today’s construction sites.

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Special report: Infrastructure in 2014

Power stations: Industry is gearing up to build more capacity

Infrastructure in 2014: Powering up for a new age

30-Jan-2014

Electricity market reform, as detailed in the government’s Energy Bill, is expected to take hold by next summer, putting an end to uncertainty and delays to nuclear and renewable power new-build projects.

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