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The COP21 deal late last year was a monumental triumph for people and our planet. So said United Nations (UN) secretary general Ban Ki-moon moments after the historic breakthrough to combat climate change was announced.
The COP21 deal late last year has been heralded a historic breakthrough in combating climate change. Now civil engineers must take the lead and revolutionise infrastructure delivery.
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The value of early collaboration is being seen in practice on the £125M Heysham to M6 link road project in Lancashire
Comment | Industry must wake up to apprenticesSubscription
Employers are asleep at the wheel. That’s the accusation being levelled not-so-subtly by the government at the bulk of civil engineering’s clients, consultants and contractors when it comes to developing apprentices.
Ministers this week stepped up their determination to make the industry take apprenticeships seriously.
Virtually all MPs (89%) agree on the need for more airport capacity in the South East.
Comment | New era for London's railwaysSubscription
Proposals for what has been dubbed “a new era of rail travel for London” were launched today transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin and London mayor Boris Johnson.
Government backs TfL bid to take over trainsSubscription
Transport for London’s long-held desire to take charge of suburban rail services has won the support of government.
Your View | Plaudits for TfL's new PPE, tackling climate change and tunnel boast challengedSubscription
This week you’re applauding Transport for London for its new range of PPE designed for women, commenting on climate change and challenging the trans-Pennine tunnel boast.
“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.”
Mining is the new roads sector for UK consultants eyeing up a £200bn global pot of cash.
The stock of the engineer as innovator is rising, driven by client demands for better cost and time certainty on increasingly complex projects. So much so that it is prompting enlightened consultants seriously rethink attitudes to research and development and the way they treat their technically-minded engineers.
While the South East airport capacity debate centres on a Heathrow third runway versus Boris Island in the Thames Estuary, Gatwick is coolly making an understated case for the next new runway to head its way.
Fear of recreating mistakes of the past is the biggest threat to prime minister David Cameron’s bold vision to drag England’s roads into the 21st century, aided by vast slugs of private money.
Britain stands ready to embark on new era of light rail through tram-trains, but the age old problem of skyrocketing construction costs threatens to derail the dream before a new tram even leaves the depot.
New plans to devolve transport funding decisions to local transport bodies are good for the government’s localism agenda, but they could signal the death of big schemes.
Last year’s warning from industry leaders to merge, be acquired or go under may have seemed bold and frightening talk, but 2012 shows no sign that the underlying business prerogative of the last few years – get bigger to offer a one-stop shop or be bought – is about to change. Nor is the fact that there are some vulnerable firms out there.
The next three years will see many civil engineering contractors go to the wall unless clients take responsibility for the situation and ease the pressure on cash flow and project risk.
As UK-centric consultant Mouchel battles with its banks, Halcrow prepares for life as part of US giant CH2M Hill’s world and URS gets ready to consign the Scott Wilson brand to history, the benefit to UK firms of consolidating with global giants seems all too apparent. But is such a path guaranteed to be paved with gold?