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Jo Stimpson

I am NCE's reporter for water, environment and local government stories. I cover issues such as water supply, wastewater, flooding, water regulation, low carbon construction, local transport projects and local planning. I also edit NCE's biannual careers supplement for students aged 14-18, which you can read online here. Writing for NCE has taken me from the top of a snow-covered CHP plant in Stockholm to standing knee-deep in effluent in one of Bazalgette's Victorian sewers beneath London. I write news and features for both the magazine and and am interested to hear about any stories.

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    Freight Expectations

    15 December 2011

    On the north bank of the Thames Estuary, a £1.5bn project to dredge, reclaim and build Europe’s newest deep-sea container port is under way. Jo Stimpson reports.

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    Quay Change

    15 December 2011

    A clever new design and a daring piling technique made recent upgrade work to an Aberdeen port more time and cost effective. Jo Stimpson reports.

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    After the delugeSubscription

    01 December 2011

    Two years on from the catastrophic Cumbria floods, Jo Stimpson returns to see the climax of the Herculean recovery effort.

  • Workington bridge rebuild nears milestoneSubscription

    18 November, 2011

    Work to rebuild Workington’s Northside Bridge after its destruction in the 2009 Cumbrian floods will reach a milestone on Monday with the project’s first concrete pour.

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    Special report: Fundamental issues at heart of super sewerSubscription

    17 November 2011Comments (1)

    The debate about the proposed £4.1bn Thames Tunnel mega sewer is growing ever more politicised. NCE talks to the experts for and against the controversial super sewer.

  • 'Substandard' surf reef faces further delays and costs following boat collisionSubscription

    10 November, 2011

    A boat collision with Bournemouth’s “substandard” artificial surf reef has led to a year of repair works, and means money set aside by the council for design improvements must now be spent on repairing collision damage.

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    Thames Tunnel: Mega-sewer row continues Subscription

    10 November 2011

    The row about the proposed Thames Tunnel mega-sewer escalated last week after the start of a new consultation period brought the revelation that project costs had risen again to £4.1bn.

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    Rapid RefurbSubscription

    10 November 2011Comments (1)

    Client-contractor collaboration helped ensure early completion of refurbishment work for the northbound Blackwall Tunnel in east London. Jo Stimpson reports.

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    Thames Tunnel costs rise again to hit £4.1bnSubscription

    4 November, 2011

    The cost of the Thames Tunnel mega-sewer project beneath London has risen again from £3.6bn to £4.1bn, more than double the original estimate of £2bn, Thames Water confirmed today.

  • Battle lines drawn over Thames TunnelSubscription

    4 November, 2011Comments (1)

    The row over the proposed Thames Tunnel mega-sewer intensified this week as central and local government bodies, the Environment Agency and 15 charities and organisations took sides on the issue.

All by Jo Stimpson

Blog posts

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    Confusion over Suds definition scuppers sustainable development

    A veil of confusion and mystery still surrounds the new sustainable drainage systems (Suds) regime implemented by the Flood & Water Management Act, making it difficult to have useful and productive discussions on the subject.

    Jo's blog28 October, 2011

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    Carbon footprints: lies, damned lies, and statistics?

    You may have heard the old joke that says that the third type of lie, after lies and damned lies, is statistics. Environmental experts would probably propose a fourth type: carbon footprinting.

    Jo's blog11 August, 2011

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  • Civils in danger of missing out on women graduates

    Attending civil engineering conferences and industry events as a woman often gives me the distinct feeling of being the odd one out. It was therefore gratifying to see a room filled mostly by female engineers and infrastructure professionals this week at the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) summer reception.

    Jo's blog13 July, 2011

  • Flood prevention is not all about new defences

    Portsmouth City Council said this week that it plans to impose a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on new developments in the city to raise money for much-needed coastal flood defences (see News). It’s a clever way of making new developments work for the city.

    Jo's blog21 June, 2011

  • How to cleanse public opinion on investing in water

    Water companies have been keen to reassure the public over hosepipe ban fears caused by this year’s exceptionally dry spring (News last week). But it is widely agreed that water scarcity is a growing problem, and a great deal of engineering work may be needed to tackle it in the future.

    Jo's blog9 June, 2011

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  • Is the UK complacent over risk of earthquakes?

    Chief nuclear inspector Mike Weightman has this week played down the relevance of the Japanese earthquake and resulting tsunami for the UK’s nuclear stock. But can the UK aff ord to be so complacent?

    Jo's blog24 May, 2011

  • Flood diversion tactics put engineers in the front line

    Engineers were heroes and villains at the same time in the United States this week, following an intense operation to demolish part of a levee at Birds Point, Missouri, after the region was inundated with extreme rainfall.

    Jo's blog10 May, 2011

  • UK flood schemes may benefit from European funding

    This week saw the opening of the Tywyn Coastal Defence Scheme, a £7.6M flood defence project that will protect 78 properties in the North Wales town.

    Jo's blog30 March, 2011

  • Are risks from heat waves being taken seriously?

    The government has shown itself to be switched on to the climate change threats of flooding and energy insecurity. But it is falling behind on another climate risk − the need to adapt the built environment to the risks posed by heatwaves.

    Jo's blog16 March, 2011

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  • Does regulation discourage improving our water assets?

    Water regulator Ofwat is investigating the extent to which regulation is encouraging water companies to build new infrastructure instead of refurbishing or upgrading existing assets.

    Jo's blog2 March, 2011

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