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.
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Modern buildings could last 1,000 years. Understanding how to renew and reinvent them will stretch the skills of engineers, starting now.
Structures Restructured | South Bank TowerSubscription
Existing high rise can go higher as London’s South Bank Tower has proved, following the addition of 11 extra storeys.
Structures Restructured | Cape Town grain silosSubscription
Proving what can be done to reuse existing assets, a disused grain silo has been reborn as a museum in Cape Town, South Africa.
Tackling ageism is key to skills shortageSubscription
Engineers aged 50 plus can expect to find themselves the target of recruitment and retention initiatives as business seeks to counter talent gaps to meet resource demands.
The first modular home prototype factory built by insurer Legal & General (L&G) will roll off the production line this summer, as it starts its bid to build 3,000 homes a year for rent.
UK water companies are working together to establish standard industry products to shift the sector further into industrialisation and offsite manufacture.
UK infrastructure is at risk of becoming the “poor cousin” of international firms because it is using methods and materials that are stuck in the past, ICE president and National Infrastructure Commission member Sir John Armitt said this week.
Water resource planning set for overhaulSubscription
Water resource planning in England is about to undergo fundamental change with a new requirement by government on the private water companies to plan for resilience across the country and not just within their own boundaries.
Where's the water? | Capacity challengeSubscription
Water companies in England are preparing their next Water Resource Management Plans (WRMPs) – documents produced every five years as part of the regulatory Asset Management Plan (AMP) negotiations and which, until now, have looked ahead at demand for the next 25 years.
High Speed | British export potentialSubscription
This year should be a huge one in the story of high speed rail in the UK – and the world.
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.