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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Inspiring Interchanges | Joined up thinkingSubscription
The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC’s) first national assessment of the nation’s infrastructure needs was published in July.
Inspiring Interchanges | Elizabeth LineSubscription
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.
Water Resilience | Planning for the Future Subscription
It is time for water regulation to switch focus to making the sector a leading player in the circular economy.
Water Resilience | Avoiding ShortagesSubscription
Regulator Ofwat wants lower water bills but that could come with the risk of drought orders.
Connecting cities | Future transportSubscription
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.
Highways engineers have been told to put people on a par with traffic when planning projects.
Customer First | Engaging with oppositionSubscription
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.
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.
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.