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Jackie Whitelaw's stories

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  • Fairbourne

    Facing Down the Floods | Managed ReponseSubscription

    Feature22 August, 2018

    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

    Feature25 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

    Feature25 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.

  • Nce, jurong water reclamation plant, b&v cropped

    Water Resilience | Planning for the Future Subscription

    Feature20 June, 2018

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

  • Istock 823299600

    Water Resilience | Avoiding ShortagesSubscription

    Feature20 June, 2018

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

  • Overview graphic crop

    Connecting cities | Future transportSubscription

    Feature24 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

    News19 April, 2018

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

  • Cxf81a 3 crop

    Customer First | Engaging with oppositionSubscription

    Feature14 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

    Feature13 February, 2018

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

  • Sbt 3 construction©mike o'dwyer crop

    Structures Restructured | South Bank TowerSubscription

    Feature13 February, 2018

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

  • 776 3 hr zeitzmocaa heatherwickstudio credit iwan baan view of zeitz mocaa in silo square

    Structures Restructured | Cape Town grain silosSubscription

    Feature13 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

    News11 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

    News17 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

    News4 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

    News Insight29 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.

  • Water 2by3

    Water resource planning set for overhaulSubscription

    News Insight12 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.

  • drought

    Where's the water? | Capacity challengeSubscription

    Feature8 April, 2016

    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 1 trains

    High Speed | British export potentialSubscription

    Feature16 March, 2016

    This year should be a huge one in the story of high speed rail in the UK – and the world.

  • Rotterdam central station

    High Speed | Successful station developmentSubscription

    Tech Showcase15 March, 2016

    Stations are more than somewhere to get on and off a train. Done right they are a place to visit without travelling, according to Arcadis, which has come up with a way of working out what creates the best mix of development.

  • Beijing South Railway Station

    High Speed | Maximising high speed rail successSubscription

    Tech Showcase15 March, 2016

    High speed rail is a global technology, but it isn’t a case of one size fits all.

  • Queensferry crossing

    High Speed | Momentum: Expertise for high speed railSubscription

    Tech Showcase15 March, 2016

    Momentum Infrastructure is hoping to use its expertise on more major UK projects including High Speed 2 (HS2).

  • Top UK regional airports

    Infrastructure in 2014: Rise of the regionsSubscription

    Archive Article2 January, 2014

    Airport investment particularly around the regions is going to take off in 2014 as passenger numbers revive and confidence returns.

  • Infrastructure Investment infographic

    Infrastructure in 2014: The multiplier effect of investmentSubscription

    Feature1 January, 2014

    The positive economic impact of infrastructure has long been recognised. While many agree that the Victorian period was a golden age for investment in infrastructure, the UK is now on the cusp of a similar era of growth and reinvention.

  • medmerry realignment

    Letting it flowSubscription

    Feature21 November, 2013

    England’s first managed realignment on the open coast has been completed, just ahead of the biggest storm so far this autumn. Jackie Whitelaw reports.

  • Tipner

    Junction to goSubscription

    Feature4 July, 2013

    It pays to have schemes ready in case the government wants a quick start project. Portsmouth had a motorway junction in hand from the 1970s. Jackie Whitelaw reports on construction progress.

  • Mouchel's Richard Cuthbert

    Two years, three takeover bids: Mouchel’s Cuthbert speaks upSubscription

    News9 June, 2011

    News this week that Mouchel, in a joint venture with Thales UK, has won a seven-year deal with the Highways Agency to manage the National Traffic Information Service (NTIS) is being seen by the man at the top of the company as welcome evidence that it remains a viable business after a torrid couple of years.

  • Net rail

    Midlands must upgrade transport for High Speed 2Subscription

    News26 May, 2011

    High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) economic benefits will more than double if transport links with the line in the Midlands are beefed up, Birmingham’s transport chief said last week.

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    Midland Metro whittles down its bidders Subscription

    Archive Article26 May, 2011

    Integrated transport authority Centro last week shortlisted five bidders to supply the £50M tram fleet for the Midland Metro upgrade.

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    New job orders are Fox’s top preySubscription

    Feature20 April, 2011

    Bam Nuttall chief executive Steve Fox has been in post for just over a year. Since then he has seen the company’s order book jump close to £1bn and found himself one of the champions supporting Infrastructure UK. Jackie Whitelaw went to meet him.

  • Higgins

    The business of changeSubscription

    Feature20 April, 2011

    Network Rail’s new chief executive David Higgins was visiting construction of the company’s new Milton Keynes National Centre last week. How does the development fit into the track operator’s future regionalisation plans? Jackie Whitelaw reports.

  • BAM Nuttall board

    Nuttall posts record order bookSubscription

    News7 April, 2011

    Major awards from Crossrail, London Underground and the water industry have helped push Bam Nuttall’s forward orders to a record £967M, up £252M or 35% on last year.

  • Jason Millet, Mark Reynolds and Mark Loader

    Mace named NCE/ACE Major Consultant of the YearSubscription

    News31 March, 2011

    Over 170 of the industry’s top names gathered at the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards last week to see Mace scoop the prestigious gong for major firm.

  • Consultants File results 2011

    Consultants 2011 work in hand crashes by 36% on last yearSubscription

    News31 March, 2011

    Work in hand for UK consultants has dropped a dramatic 36% on last year according to the figures presented by 233 companies for the 2011 NCE Consultants File, published this week.

  • David Higgins, Network Rail chief executive

    Private sector to get more rail work says HigginsSubscription

    News10 March, 2011

    New Network Rail chief executive David Higgins suggested this week that more rail infrastructure could be delivered by private sector operators, contractors and suppliers as the company decentralises.

  • David Higgins, Network Rail chief executive

    Higgins: Programme management will be key to cutting rail costs Subscription

    News9 March, 2011

    Programme management expertise will be crucial to Network Rail’s efforts to drive down costs on the UK railway and meet the challenge of providing vital new capacity, according to new chief executive David Higgins this week.

  • Chain reactionSubscription

    Feature3 March, 2011

    Last month Balfour Beatty announced it was planning to trim its UK supply chain by two-thirds. Jackie Whitelaw talks to Mike Peasland, the boss of the company’s Construction Services UK division, to find out why this is happening.

  • Consultants Awards 2009

    Consultants awards 2011 shortlist is announcedSubscription

    News24 February, 2011

    Which consultants had the best year in the tough times of 2010?

  • Jackie Whitelaw

    Innovation versus risk: this year’s battleSubscription

    Archive Article16 February, 2011

    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 Whitelaw

    Jackie's blogSubscription

    Archive Article16 February, 2011

    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.

  • Mike Peasland

    Balfour Beatty UK to cut supply chain by two thirdsSubscription

    News10 February, 2011

    Balfour Beatty’s Construction Services UK division has revealed plans to cut the number of suppliers it works with from 27,000 to 10,000.

  • Infrastructure in 2011

    Major project report: Infrastructure in 2011Subscription

    Archive Article16 December, 2010

    Infrastructure in 2011: A special report on prospects for the year ahead.

  • Ivor Catto

    Overseas work boosts Hyder’s first half profitsSubscription

    News17 November, 2010

    Hyder Consulting’s tight focus on key markets in Australia, China, the Middle East, Germany and the UK helped it increase pretax profits by 67% to £9.5M in the half year to 30 September.

  • The Mersey Gateway was among the few named road schemes to get the green light

    Spending review 2010: Roads are losers as Osborne favours railSubscription

    News28 October, 2010

    The government made clear its preference for rail investment over road improvements in last week’s spending review.

  • Time for changeSubscription

    Feature29 September, 2010

    What does one consultant want next for the water industry? Jackie Whitelaw talks to Scott Aitken, Grontmij’s UK and Ireland water and energy director about the Ofwat review and the October public spending cuts.

  • Trucks arrive from Albania

    On the road to libertySubscription

    Feature22 September, 2010

    Kosovo’s new motorway is a first step in developing the infrastructure and economy of a new country. Jackie Whitelaw reports.

  • East London Line: One of scott Wilson's recent major projects

    Scott Wilson and URS bosses talk exclusively to Jackie WhitelawSubscription

    News16 September, 2010

    “Our asset is entirely flesh and blood, and the way you grow is with new people,” says URS chairman and chief executive Martin Koffel speaking on Monday, the first day of his ownership of UK consultant Scott Wilson. “And our measure of success is service jobs added.”

  • URS provides operations, maintenance and logistics services to the NASA space programme

    Scott Wilson joins US giant URS for £218MSubscription

    News16 September, 2010

    Scott Wilson’s 5,500 staff formally joined the ranks of US giant URS Corporation last Friday when the firm completed its acquisition of the UK business.

  • Up to 24 trains an hour will depart from Blackfriars

    Capital work brings national connectionsSubscription

    Archive Article9 September, 2010

    The new station forms a key part of the Thameslink Programme, the government funded £5.5bn upgrade of one of the rail network’s busiest routes. Rolling stock and, crucially, this programme is improving the frequency and capacity of services running north-south through the heart of the capital from Bedford to Brighton.

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    Calva reaches critical stageSubscription

    News19 August, 2010

    Engineers have completed a critical operation to salvage the southern central pier of the Workington “Calva” bridge and bring it one step closer to long term survival.

  • underdeck

    Boldly going forthSubscription

    Feature19 August, 2010

    The Forth road bridge is 46 years old and is developing a few aches and pains.

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