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NCE's Review of the Year 2008 - April

NCE looks back on the year the banking world imploded, Heathrow Terminal 5 opened in chaos and Crossrail – described by former transport secretary Ruth Kelly as the biggest infrastructure project in the northern hemisphere – finally gained political approval and funding... April

Eco-towns were a nice idea, but one eco-town does not an eco-nation make. The plan to build new, sustainable communities with low emission homes and a focus on public transport raised objections because of their greenbelt locations.

There were also questions raised about the need to reduce emissions produced by the other 95% of existing housing stock in the UK.

The cause of the eco-town was certainly not helped by the composition of the panel the government appointed to see them through. The announced line up omitted engineers but included a number of television presenters, commentators and design gurus. One big flop.

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