Jackie Whitelaw's stories
Facing Down the Floods | Managed ReponseSubscription
Flood management in the future means accepting that flooding will happen and putting measures in place for quick recovery.
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 | Avoiding ShortagesSubscription
Regulator Ofwat wants lower water bills but that could come with the risk of drought orders.
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.
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.
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.
High Speed | Successful station developmentSubscription
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.
High Speed | Maximising high speed rail successSubscription
High speed rail is a global technology, but it isn’t a case of one size fits all.
Momentum Infrastructure is hoping to use its expertise on more major UK projects including High Speed 2 (HS2).
Infrastructure in 2014: Rise of the regionsSubscription
Airport investment particularly around the regions is going to take off in 2014 as passenger numbers revive and confidence returns.
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.
Letting it flowSubscription
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.
Junction to goSubscription
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.
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.
Midland Metro whittles down its bidders Subscription
Integrated transport authority Centro last week shortlisted five bidders to supply the £50M tram fleet for the Midland Metro upgrade.
Midlands must upgrade transport for High Speed 2Subscription
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.
New job orders are Fox’s top preySubscription
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.
The business of changeSubscription
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.
Nuttall posts record order bookSubscription
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.
Mace named NCE/ACE Major Consultant of the YearSubscription
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2011 shortlist is announcedSubscription
Which consultants had the best year in the tough times of 2010?
Innovation versus risk: this year’s battleSubscription
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.
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.
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.
Major project report: Infrastructure in 2011Subscription
Infrastructure in 2011: A special report on prospects for the year ahead.
Overseas work boosts Hyder’s first half profitsSubscription
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 government made clear its preference for rail investment over road improvements in last week’s spending review.
Time for changeSubscription
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.
On the road to libertySubscription
Kosovo’s new motorway is a first step in developing the infrastructure and economy of a new country. Jackie Whitelaw reports.
Scott Wilson joins US giant URS for £218MSubscription
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.
“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.”
Capital work brings national connectionsSubscription
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.
The Highways Agency is attempting to work closer with specialist consultants by splitting its project support framework into smaller chunks.
Calva reaches critical stageSubscription
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.