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2008: One big year

2008 is a massive year for the construction industry. Here is NCE's month-by-month guide to what to expect and when.

January: Nuclear power is go

Energy
Government report on nuclear power due

Rail
Rail Accident Investigation Branch's definitive report into Grayrigg derailment

Planning
House of Commons Planning Committee starts examining Planning Bill

Structures
UK national documentation on Eurocodes available for steel bridge designs and traffic loads on bridges

Flooding
Environment Agency head of flood risk management David Rooke on the lessons of last summer's floods at NCE's Future of Flood Management conference

Water
Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs publishes water strategy; Programme Manager appointed for Phase 1 of the Thames Tideway tunnel

London 2012
Balfour Beatty confirmed as Aquatics Centre contractor

Tube
Transport for London completes Metronet takeover

Roads
Hindhead tunnel work starts

February: Eurocodes roll out

Airports
Planning inquiry into third runway at Heathrow closes

Rail
Office of Rail Regulation assessment of Network Rail's Strategic Business Plan

Structures
Eurocodes national documentation available for wind loads and design of composite steel and concrete structures.
NCE's Facade Engineering conference on the 26th

Geotechnical
The biggest, bravest and most ambitious projects will be on show at the Piling and Foundations Conference 2008 on 15 February. It will be held in conjunction with the GE Awards

London 2012
Completion of Prescott Lock in East London to allow water-borne freight to the site of the Olympic Park

Crossrail
Commons Committee begins hearing new evidence as enabling Bill progresses

Health and safety
The Health & Safety Executive launches a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers involved in refurbishment work which accounts for over half of construction fatalities

Planning
Planning Bill to complete Planning Committee stage

March: M25 mega-deal announced

Flooding
Sir Michael Pitt publishes final report into 2007 summer floods

Roads
Preferred bidder for the £5bn DBFO M25 widening announced; Bouygues-led consortium starts work on the New Tyne Crossing

Airports
Heathrow Terminal 5 and Beijing Airport Terminal 3 open

Structures
Eurocodes national documentation available for design of steel structures. Structural Engineering Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum opens on March 26

Rail
Network Rail replaces 84m span GE19 bridge which will carry the East London Line across the Great Eastern Line near Liverpool Street station

Water
Ofwat publishes final framework and approach for 2009 Price Review

Waste
NCE and Materials Recycling Week join forces for Waste Summit 2008

London 2012
Olympic Velo Park contractor picked from a shortlist of Alfred McAlpine, Carillion, FCC Construccion, ISG InteriorExterior, Shepherd Construct and Wates

Health and safety
HSE launches "slips, trips and falls" campaign

April: Olympic stadium construction kicks off

London 2012
Construction starts on the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre

Crossrail
Re-bidding of the delivery partner role for the £16bn project starts. This is currently held by Bechtel

Energy
Bidders shortlisted for competition to build a post-combustion Carbon Capture Storage facility for a coal-fired power station

Structures
NCE's 4th Annual "Building Better Bridges" conference is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the delivery of bridge structures.
Visit www.ncebridges.co.uk

Waste
Viridor/Laing consortium signs contract to deliver Manchester waste PFI worth £3bn over 25 years; Site Waste Management Plans become compulsory on all projects valued over £250,000

May: Focus on local government and London

Rail
Network Rail publishes preliminary results

Politics
Local elections for England, Wales and London. London Mayoral election pits the incumbent Ken Livingstone against Conservative candidate Boris Johnson. The result is sure to have consequences for transport in the capital.

Structures
The new Wembley stadium marks its first anniversary by hosting its second FA Cup Final.

June: Rail funding to 2014 announced

Structures
Eurocodes national documentation for design of steel piling published

Roads
NCE's inaugural Road Summit is your chance to understand the latest engineering opportunities, challenges and prospects in the road sector

Rail
Network Rail initial funding settlement for spending period 2009-14 due to be announced

Water
Water companies submit water leakage reports to Ofwat

Tube
The Kings Cross Station Tunnels linking the Northern Ticket Hall and the deep level Piccadilly, Northern and Victoria lines due for completion

Structures
Expo 2008 opens in Zaragoza, Spain.

Energy
Energy Bill due to gain Royal Assent

July: Crunch time for highway maintenance

Structures
The Institution of Structural Engineers' celebrates its centenary by recreating its inaugural meeting at the Ritz in July 1908

Roads
Four (out of the 14) of the Highways Agency Managing Agent Contractor roles put out to tender. Areas 4 (South East), Area 7
(East Midlands), Area 9 Gloucester/Worcester) Area 12 (North East) will see companies such as AccordMP, Costain, Amey, Atkins, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald and Scott Wilson all racing for the deals

London 2012
Installation of utilities on Olympic Park site begins

August: Beijing Olympic sets the standard

Structures
Beijing Olympics showcases new Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Chinese State Television's new building

Ports
Start of dredging and construction of London Gateway port at the former Shellhaven oil refinery on the Thames Estuary

Waste
Staffordshire County Council invites bids for an Energy from Waste plant at Four Ashes

September: Dutch mega-port underway

Ports
Construction will begin on Maasvlakte 2 in the Netherlands, part of the port of Rotterdam network

Water
NCE's second Annual Water Summit examines holistic solutions for the UK's water supply system

October: Crossrail gets royal seal

Crossrail
Royal Assent expected

Rail
Funding for 2009-2014 finalised

Structures
Eurocodes documentation for ground investigation published

Awards
BCI Awards

November: First woman ICE president

Rail
Network Rail publishes interim results

ICE
Jean Venables becomes first woman president of the ICE

Event
Civils 2008 civil engineering conference and exhibition at Earls Court

December: At last!

Rail
ORR Review notice for PR08 process; West Coast Main Line upgrade finally completes



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