ICE director of engineering policy and innovation Mike Chrimes (right) and former deputy director general Hugh Ferguson sign The Contractors, a book they co-authored.
. Building on the success of The Civil Engineers, The Contractors charts the development of contractors from the early days of direct labour, through the canal building of the 18th century, railway development, motorway construction, privatisation and two world wars, to the international companies of today.
It offers a comprehensive study of the people and machines that have had an impact on civil engineering and construction projects around the world.
The book includes biographies of some of the key figures in the industry, many of whose names are still seen in the names of companies trading today, such as Sir Robert McAlpine, Sir Edmund Nuttall, George Balfour, Sir John Laing, Sir Richard Costain, Olaf Kier and Ray O’Rourke. The Contractors costs £35, ISBN 9780727758309.