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Transforming the procurement and delivery of civil engineering projects is a major issue for the industry at large. Leading the way are specialist SME companies like PCSG.
Losing bidders for High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) key London stations contracts are considering challenging the contract award decisions, New Civil Engineer can reveal.
High Speed 2’s London stations will cost almost a third less to build with Mace, Dragados, Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra named as construction partners on the jobs.
Growing fears about a so-called hard Brexit and other moves worldwide to introduce “divisive” trade barriers have prompted global engineering consultancy body the Federation Internationale des Ingenieurs Conseil (Fidic) to take the unprecedented step of speaking out and warning of the risks to the industry and to infrastructure investment.
Former HS2 Ltd chair Sir Terry Morgan has said High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) £27bn first phase should initially terminate at Old Oak Common in west London, as a cost cutting measure.
Crossrail delay warnings 'suppressed by TfL'Subscription
Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild’s detailed exposé of the Crossrail programme’s delays were not actually the main order of business for the London Assembly’s transport committee meeting on 9 January.
Crossrail dynamic testing setbacks detailedSubscription
A second attempt to begin dynamic testing on the Elizabeth line is due this month after a false start last year.
This month’s New Civil Engineer was intended to be future looking as we explore innovations in our Future of Tunnelling special.
Crossrail bosses are negotiating extra payments to its contractors so that they can finish remaining Crossrail station works, New Civil Engineer can reveal.
True scale of Crossrail problems laid bareSubscription
The full scale of Crossrail’s problems have been laid bare with stations now revealed to be at the centre of ‘‘three more years’’ of work needed to open the catastrophically delayed metro.
“We want to change the way people do infrastructure design,” proclaimed software giant Autodesk’s senior vice president, industry strategy Andrew Anagnost on the eve of the firm’s annual convention in Las Vegas last week. “And the way we’re going to do it is by using the power of the cloud.”
Mining is the new roads sector for UK consultants eyeing up a £200bn global pot of cash.
The stock of the engineer as innovator is rising, driven by client demands for better cost and time certainty on increasingly complex projects. So much so that it is prompting enlightened consultants seriously rethink attitudes to research and development and the way they treat their technically-minded engineers.
While the South East airport capacity debate centres on a Heathrow third runway versus Boris Island in the Thames Estuary, Gatwick is coolly making an understated case for the next new runway to head its way.
Fear of recreating mistakes of the past is the biggest threat to prime minister David Cameron’s bold vision to drag England’s roads into the 21st century, aided by vast slugs of private money.
Britain stands ready to embark on new era of light rail through tram-trains, but the age old problem of skyrocketing construction costs threatens to derail the dream before a new tram even leaves the depot.
New plans to devolve transport funding decisions to local transport bodies are good for the government’s localism agenda, but they could signal the death of big schemes.
Last year’s warning from industry leaders to merge, be acquired or go under may have seemed bold and frightening talk, but 2012 shows no sign that the underlying business prerogative of the last few years – get bigger to offer a one-stop shop or be bought – is about to change. Nor is the fact that there are some vulnerable firms out there.
The next three years will see many civil engineering contractors go to the wall unless clients take responsibility for the situation and ease the pressure on cash flow and project risk.
As UK-centric consultant Mouchel battles with its banks, Halcrow prepares for life as part of US giant CH2M Hill’s world and URS gets ready to consign the Scott Wilson brand to history, the benefit to UK firms of consolidating with global giants seems all too apparent. But is such a path guaranteed to be paved with gold?