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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.

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020 7728 4542
07740 740202
020 7728 4666


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    Connecting cities | Future transportSubscription

    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.

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    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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    Structures Restructured | Reusing and modifying structuresSubscription

    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, 2018

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

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    Structures Restructured | Cape Town grain silosSubscription

    13 February, 2018

    Proving what can be done to reuse existing assets, a disused grain silo has been reborn as a museum in Cape Town, South Africa.

  • GSF diversity

    Tackling ageism is key to skills shortageSubscription

    11 October, 2016

    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.

  • Homes under construction

    Modular construction to transform property marketSubscription

    17 May, 2016

    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.

  • NCE stock water

    Water firms collaborate on industry standardisationSubscription

    4 May, 2016

    UK water companies are working together to establish standard industry products to shift the sector further into industrialisation and offsite manufacture.

  • infrastructure

    UK infrastructure risks obsolescence, says ArmittSubscription

    29 April, 2016

    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.

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    Water resource planning set for overhaulSubscription

    12 April, 2016

    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.

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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