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Jackie Whitelaw

Since joining NCE my career has given me something of a Blue Peter existence, including helicopter rides to north sea gas rigs, a roam around the dome of Sizewell B, dinner in a crossover cavern and being stranded in Denver with the US olympic judo squad. Highpoint: the Channel Tunnel breakthrough party; low point: frog soup in China. Areas of Interest I have been writing about construction all my adult life and still find it fascinating.

Contact Info

020 7728 4542
07740 740202
020 7728 4666


  • Fairbourne

    Facing Down the Floods | Managed ReponseSubscription

    22 August, 2018Comments (1)

    Flood management in the future means accepting that flooding will happen and putting measures in place for quick recovery.

  • Wilmslow Road Cycleway Manchester

    Inspiring Interchanges | Joined up thinkingSubscription

    25 July, 2018

    The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC’s) first national assessment of the nation’s infrastructure needs was published in July. 

  • Elizabeth line Liverpool Street Station

    Inspiring Interchanges | Elizabeth LineSubscription

    25 July, 2018

    In just four months time on a date yet to be specified in December, London will start to really appreciate the multi-billion pound investment in constructing the Elizabeth line.

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    Water Resilience | Planning for the Future Subscription

    20 June, 2018Updated: 20 June, 2018

    It is time for water regulation to switch focus to making the sector a leading player in the circular economy.

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    Water Resilience | Avoiding ShortagesSubscription

    20 June, 2018Updated: 20 June, 2018

    Regulator Ofwat wants lower water bills but that could come with the risk of drought orders.

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    Connecting cities | Future transportSubscription

    24 May, 2018Updated: 24 May, 2018

    New technologies and population growth will require a rethink in road provision planning. 2050 will look very different from 2020 and probably nothing like we imagine it today.

  • Sydney walking roads

    Highways engineers told to prioritise pedestriansSubscription

    19 April, 2018

    Highways engineers have been told to put people on a par with traffic when planning projects.

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    Customer First | Engaging with oppositionSubscription

    14 March, 2018Updated: 14 March, 2018

    Here’s a tale of two tunnels. One is wanted by local people but is not being offered; another is being driven forward, but with mixed local response and significant national and international opposition.

  • Finsbury tower proposed crop

    Structures Restructured | Reusing and modifying structuresSubscription

    13 February, 2018Updated: 13 February, 2018

    Modern buildings could last 1,000 years. Understanding how to renew and reinvent them will stretch the skills of engineers, starting now.

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    Structures Restructured | South Bank TowerSubscription

    13 February, 2018Updated: 13 February, 2018

    Existing high rise can go higher as London’s South Bank Tower has proved, following the addition of 11 extra storeys.

All by Jackie Whitelaw

Blog posts

  • Jackie Whitelaw

    Innovation versus risk: this year’s battle

    Innovation is being presented by the country’s construction businesses as the way to deliver the infrastructure the country needs at a price it can afford to pay. We don’t need to cut our fees, we’ll just do it better, is the party line.

    Jackie's blog16 February, 2011

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