£260M Oxford rail link proposedSubscription
A new 16km, £260M rail link to Oxford has been proposed by a local lobbying group to open up new development opportunities to the west of the city.
Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has called on Transport for the North (TfN) to include a stop in Bradford when it submits its proposals for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) to government.
Bricks from waste mooted to boost sustainabilitySubscription
Fired-clay bricks incorporating biosolids could solve the construction sector’s sustainablity woes, researchers have claimed.
The world’s longest 3D printed concrete bridge has been completed in Shanghai, China by Tsinghua University school of architecture.
Kier chief executive Haydn Mursell has resigned from the company with immediate effect.
The man in charge of fitting out Crossrail’s stations has claimed that delays to Tottenham Hotspur’s 62,000-seater stadium led to a labour crisis in London during 2018.
A finalised timetable for the reconstruction of the collapsed Polcevera Viaduct in Genoa, Italy, has been announced by the city’s mayor and reconstruction commissioner Marco Bucci.
The first of three 1,800t tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for the longest mineral transport system in the UK is almost ready for operation.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) has cast doubt on the proposed Tulip tower in London, claiming that its height breaches regulations set out by the mayor’s office.
Consultant calls for more flood defence fundingSubscription
Built environment consultant Dar Group has called for increased local decision making and more funding to tackle flooding and coastal erosion in response to the government’s latest water management strategy.
UK potholes down 27% in two years Subscription
The number of potholes on local roads in the UK has fallen by 27% since 2016, according to recently released statistics.
Three out of the six western Crossrail stations still have no date set for the appointment of contractors to carry out the “significant” works to prepare them for the Elizabeth Line’s arrival.
UK wind farms project pipeline revealed Subscription
With concerns for the future of the UK energy market growing, attention has turned to onshore and offshore wind projects to fill the void.
Construction sector inquiry launched in ScotlandSubscription
A Scottish Parliament select committee has launched an inquiry into the country’s construction industry.
An Internet of Things remote monitoring system has been put forward as a solution for local authorities struggling to meet bridge inspection requirements.
Turner & Townsend wins major Australian rail jobSubscription
Turner & Townsend has been appointed as programme managemer across landmark transportation programme works in Perth, Australia.
A lack of sufficient infrastructure investment, coupled with an unstable geopolitical landscape and increasing impacts of climate change is leaving the world in a vulnerable state, experts have warned.
Grenfell cladding firm snaps up Kier directorSubscription
Kier regional operations director Mark Norris is leaving the firm to join Rydon Construction.
The supply chain working on the Wylfa nuclear power station project in North Wales is being “run down” after project developer Hitachi and the government admitted they had failed to agree funding terms.
A £100M project to build a power connector under the Menai Strait is under threat following developer Horizon’s decision to suspend the Wylfa nuclear plant project.
The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Ceca) has championed the remodelling of Derby station and the redevelopment of London Waterloo station as exemplary projects to be learned from, in response to the government’s “root and branch” rail review.
Bam awarded £320M Network Rail jobSubscription
Bam Nuttall has won renewals and enhancement work worth £320M for Network Rail’s Scotland and North East (SNE) region.
Arcadis to pay for EU workers stay in the UKSubscription
Arcadis has pledged to help employees from the European Union (EU) acquire settled status in Britain following Brexit.
The second reading of Conservative MP Peter Aldous’ bill to reform retention practices in the construction industry is to be delayed again.
Analysis by the RAC Foundation has shown that local highway authorities across the country are increasingly adopting a risk-based approach to fixing road defects.
Hitachi suspends £20bn Wylfa nuclear plant Subscription
Developer Hitachi has suspended work on the new nuclear plant at Wylfa Newydd, on Anglesey, North Wales.
HS2 delays London stations contract award Subscription
HS2 Ltd has delayed the award of the construction partner contract for its Euston and Old Oak Common High Speed 2 (HS2) stations in London.
Investigators have said design flaws and poor quality construction are likely to have contibuted to structural cracks in Sydney, Australia’s 36 storey Opal tower which was evacuated on Christmas eve.
The environmental benefits of the proposed Heathrow South Railway line are “urgently needed” to help the government achieve the aims of its Clean Air Strategy, according to the scheme’s chief executive.
Iconic New York bridge blown upSubscription
The final section of the old Tappan Zee bridge in New York has collapsed into the Hudson river following an explosive demolition.
Van Elle boss blames Carillion for profit slump Subscription
Geotechnical contractor Van Elle suffered from “ripple effects continuing from Carillion’s demise”, its new chief executive said he published half year results.
British chemical giant Ineos has invested £2.66bn into the biggest petrochemical plastics plant to be built in Europe for 20 years.
The first wind farm to be built by a Chinese developer in the UK has begun to generate electricity following its completion.
Crossrail restarts dynamic testingSubscription
Crossrail has re-started dynamic testing of its systems after a previous round of testing failed last year.
Network Rail has awarded Fugro a five year framework agreement to gather and analyse survey data for all high output track renewal sites across Britain.
665km North Sea interconnector set for approval Subscription
A project to construct an interconnector between Scotland and Norway is expected to be formally approved this week.
Industry experts, analysts and contractors are concerned about the impact Brexit will have on tender prices.
York pedestrian bridge to close for replacementSubscription
A major pedestrian bridge connecting York city centre with the city’s railwy station is to be closed for seven weeks from 26 January as Amco Giffen and Network Rail caryy out on-site improvements.
Skanska in conjuction with Oxfordshire County Council is to reform the way it supervises sub-contractors on its Oxfordshire roads maintenance contract.
Carillion collapse | State of industry one year on Subscription
It is 12 months to the day since Carillion entered liquidation, which saw 20,000 jobs lost and the pensions of nearly 30,000 staff and former employees compromised. And ever since, the search for “the next Carillion” has captivated the imaginations of the nation.
The pre-trial hearing for legal challengers against Heathrow expansion will take place today at the High Court.
Concrete 'falling off' closed Liverpool flyoverSubscription
Concrete has been “falling off” the structurally unsound Churchill flyover, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Christine Banks has claimed.
Eleven firms named on Gatwick Airport framework Subscription
Eleven companies have been named on Gatwick Airport’s Minor Works framework.
Amey begins Sheffield tree inspection amid stand-off Subscription
Detailed on-street inspections of trees previously scheduled to be felled as part works to improve Sheffield’s streets are due to start to today as a rift remains between local campaigners, the city council and contractor Amey.
Post-Croydon tram crash reforms introducedSubscription
The UK’s first automatic braking system for trams will be introduced this year, following an investigation into the 2016 Croydon tram crash.
Wylfa doubts could force nuclear finance reformSubscription
As the industry awaits the decision on the future of Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant, the UK government is set to rethink its nuclear strategy after the failure of other projects such as the NuGen’s Moorside plant.
City of London progresses transport reformSubscription
A draft plan to revamp London’s Square Mile in favour of promoting walking, cycling and public transport has finished its final round of public consultation.
As work on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station hangs in the balance, the engineer leading the project’s technical operations has told New Civil Engineer he is confident the team can deliver on time and on budget thanks to a risk-free design.
Trump border wall | Pros and cons of using steel Subscription
Donald Trump’s proposed $5.7bn (£4.5bn) steel wall along the USA’s southern border with Mexico would be more expensive than using concrete, however does have structural advantages, experts have said.
Government to rule on Northumberland coal mineSubscription
Government is set to rule on a proposed coal mine in Northumberland.