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Client Focus – What industry needs to deliver

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    Interview | Sir James Bevan, Environment AgencySubscription

    21 August, 2018

    Outside the office of Environment Agency chief executive Sir James Bevan, London is sweltering in a full blown 31˚C heatwave.

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    Interview | James Price, Transport for WalesSubscription

    24 July, 2018

    The road to the creation of a modern Welsh transport system has been far from smooth.

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    Interview | David Ollerhead, Network RailSubscription

    20 June, 2018

    Network Rail is in transition. Its bosses are keen to shake off the perception that it is difficult and obstructive to work with.

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    Interview | Barry White, Transport for the NorthSubscription

    25 May, 2018

    Economics is at the heart of Transport for the North’s (TfN) 30-year transport strategy, says chief executive Barry White (pictured).

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    Interview | Caroline Sheridan Transport for LondonSubscription

    16 April, 2018

    “My journey on the Tube will never be the same again,” says Caroline Sheridan, six months into her role as London Underground’s renewals and enhancements director.

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    Interview | Nevil Muncaster, Yorkshire WaterSubscription

    19 March, 2018

    Getting engineers to return to the profession’s origins is at the heart of how Yorkshire Water plans to spend around £1.5bn over the next few years.

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    Interview | Victoria Brambini, ScapeSubscription

    15 February, 2018

    In just under a year, Scape Group’s four year civil engineering and infrastructure  framework agreement with Balfour Beatty comes to an end.

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    Interview | Chris Taylor, Highways EnglandSubscription

    16 January, 2018

    He is in charge of a project portfolio worth £8bn, but Highways England’s complex infrastructure programme director Chris Taylor is watching every penny.

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    Interview | Jim O'Sullivan, Highways EnglandSubscription

    11 December, 2017

    Highways are in Jim O’Sullivan’s blood: his father and grandfather both worked on the roads in England and Ireland.

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    Interview | ICE President Lord Mair Subscription

    15 November, 2017

    Robert Mair is not a typical academic despite his educational background.

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    Interview Andy Mitchell, Tideway build upSubscription

    14 November, 2017

    To relax, Andy Mitchell has got into paddle boarding. It’s an evolution from triathlons, which the Tideway chief executive recounts he first got into while working on the Thameslink programme.

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    Interview | Mark Carne, Network RailSubscription

    11 October, 2017

    His regulated funding model is broken. It is a given that he is going to get less cash to spend in the next five year cycle, and the woes of electrification continue to cast a long shadow. Yet Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne is remarkably enthused about the future of UK rail, and his operation in particular.

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    Interview | Jo Blewett, A9 upgrade leaderSubscription

    12 September, 2017

    Jo Blewett sits on the corner of an empty stage at New Civil Engineer’s UK Transport Conference, deep in thought.

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    Interview | Liz Peace, Old Oak Common regeneratorSubscription

    16 August, 2017

    Liz Peace is under no illusion about the scale of the Old Oak and Park Royal development in west London.

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    Interview | Dale EvansSubscription

    19 July, 2017

    Dale Evans must be a really nice guy.

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    Interview | Manchester Airports GroupSubscription

    30 May, 2017

    It is a modern day truism that big infrastructure projects must be better delivered.

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    Interview | Waboso pushes digital railSubscription

    9 May, 2017

    Should civil engineers – and civil engineering businesses – be getting excited about the digital railway? It is just signalling, isn’t it? And there’s no money for it, is there?

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    Interview | Joanna WhittingtonSubscription

    10 April, 2017

    The Office for Rail and Road (ORR) has come in for a lot of flak in recent years, but Joanna Whittington’s here to change all that.

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    Interview | Self-healing roads pioneerSubscription

    30 August, 2016

    Roads that heal themselves are closer to reality than you might think. Meet Erik Schlangen, civil engineer and experimental micromechanics pioneer.

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    Digital culture change | Amar Hanspal interviewSubscription

    1 April, 2016

    A digital revolution that’s as much about culture and behaviour as it is about the technology – that is the overarching need that emerges during New Civil Engineer’s conversation with software giant Autodesk’s senior vice president for products Amar Hanspal. 

  • David Waboso

    Interview | Planning for the kids’ inheritanceSubscription

    23 March, 2016

    David Waboso shares what London Underground has learned about how to make life easier for engineers in the future.

  • Black & Veatch smart infrastructure head Fred Ellermeier

    Smart cities | Fred Ellermeier interviewSubscription

    4 March, 2016

    Black & Veatch smart infrastructure head Fred Ellermeier on building momentum and the need for visionaries.

  • Alex Siljanovski

    Sharing Network | Alex Siljanovski interviewSubscription

    18 February, 2016

    Software firm Basestone founder Alex Siljanovski on freeing engineers from admin to create.

  • Peter Hansford

    Interview | Peter HansfordSubscription

    30 November, 2015Updated: 5 December, 2015

    More consolidation; more confidence, and above all, more use of technology. That’s what’s needed says Peter Hansford as he leaves the role of government chief construction advisor.

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    Interview: Incoming ICE President Sir John Armitt on engineers, innovation and equalitySubscription

    22 October, 2015

    Incoming ICE President Sir John Armitt has strong views on the profession’s need to embrace technology, take responsibility for training and open up to broader, more diverse skills.

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    Business: Mabey Hire interviewSubscription

    26 November, 2014

    Mabey Hire’s acting CEO Steve Farmer is predicting big growth for the firm in the next five years, with hire sales forecast to shoot up by 50% on the back of strong service support. He tells Jon Masters how innovative equipment and data gathering technology is helping the company stand out in the market.

  • Roger Bridge

    Interview: Roger BridgeSubscription

    11 November, 2014

    The new chair of the British Tunnelling Society, Roger Bridge, talks to NCE about the challenges and opportunities facing the sector, and why the UK’s tunnelling fraternity leads the world.

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    Interview: Investment driverSubscription

    28 June 2012

    After winning a second term of office last month, London Mayor Boris Johnson has reappointed Isabel Dedring as his deputy for transport. Antony Oliver finds out her vision for the capital’s transport.

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    Big interview - London 2012 boss David HigginsSubscription

    6 January, 2009Updated: 19 February, 2009

    The last twelve months have seen the London 2012 project move from planning, design and programming into contractors working on site. NCE spoke to Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins about the challenges.

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    John Armitt interview: 'We will finish this on time'Subscription

    7 August, 2008Updated: 19 February, 2009

    With four years left to get venues, transport and facilities ready for the start of the London 2012 Games, ODA chairman John Armitt is upbeat about progress, budget and the challenges ahead.

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