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NCE's Review of the Year 2008 - September

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... September

Newspaper headlines screamed "the end of the world is nigh!" Oddly this was not about impending financial doom, but the switching on of the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and highest-energy
particle accelerator.

There was only the very slightest chance that the bouncing particles would somehow form a black hole and swallow the universe, but it was enough to give particle physics a media spotlight for a few weeks.

It was a welcome break from the normal reality TV show news and I’m sure we’re all now much more aware of our Higgs bosons.

On a subatomic level, EDF, the world’s biggest producer of nuclear energy, unveiled plans for four new UK nuclear reactors on the sites of existing reactors.

Construction and engineering diplomas were test trialled in about a quarter of schools and half of all colleges. Less physics and maths, more hard hats and hands on, they were aimed at encouraging 14
to 18 year olds into construction and engineering.

Finally the ongoing soap opera otherwise known as the Wembley court case ended with steel fabricator Cleveland Bridge being ordered to pay Multiplex £6M. The dispute had lasted four years and the photocopying alone cost £1M. Neither party gained any significant benefit, but one gets the feeling we haven’t seen the last Wembley court case. Who will Multiplex take on next?

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