I am NCE's reporter for water, environment and local government stories. I cover issues such as water supply, wastewater, flooding, water regulation, low carbon construction, local transport projects and local planning. I also edit NCE's biannual careers supplement for students aged 14-18, which you can read online here. Writing for NCE has taken me from the top of a snow-covered CHP plant in Stockholm to standing knee-deep in effluent in one of Bazalgette's Victorian sewers beneath London. I write news and features for both the magazine and nce.co.uk and am interested to hear about any stories.
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On the north bank of the Thames Estuary, a £1.5bn project to dredge, reclaim and build Europe’s newest deep-sea container port is under way. Jo Stimpson reports.
A clever new design and a daring piling technique made recent upgrade work to an Aberdeen port more time and cost effective. Jo Stimpson reports.
After the delugeSubscription
Two years on from the catastrophic Cumbria floods, Jo Stimpson returns to see the climax of the Herculean recovery effort.
Workington bridge rebuild nears milestoneSubscription
Work to rebuild Workington’s Northside Bridge after its destruction in the 2009 Cumbrian floods will reach a milestone on Monday with the project’s first concrete pour.
The debate about the proposed £4.1bn Thames Tunnel mega sewer is growing ever more politicised. NCE talks to the experts for and against the controversial super sewer.
A boat collision with Bournemouth’s “substandard” artificial surf reef has led to a year of repair works, and means money set aside by the council for design improvements must now be spent on repairing collision damage.
Thames Tunnel: Mega-sewer row continues Subscription
The row about the proposed Thames Tunnel mega-sewer escalated last week after the start of a new consultation period brought the revelation that project costs had risen again to £4.1bn.
Client-contractor collaboration helped ensure early completion of refurbishment work for the northbound Blackwall Tunnel in east London. Jo Stimpson reports.
Thames Tunnel costs rise again to hit £4.1bnSubscription
The cost of the Thames Tunnel mega-sewer project beneath London has risen again from £3.6bn to £4.1bn, more than double the original estimate of £2bn, Thames Water confirmed today.
Battle lines drawn over Thames TunnelSubscription
The row over the proposed Thames Tunnel mega-sewer intensified this week as central and local government bodies, the Environment Agency and 15 charities and organisations took sides on the issue.
A veil of confusion and mystery still surrounds the new sustainable drainage systems (Suds) regime implemented by the Flood & Water Management Act, making it difficult to have useful and productive discussions on the subject.
You may have heard the old joke that says that the third type of lie, after lies and damned lies, is statistics. Environmental experts would probably propose a fourth type: carbon footprinting.
Attending civil engineering conferences and industry events as a woman often gives me the distinct feeling of being the odd one out. It was therefore gratifying to see a room filled mostly by female engineers and infrastructure professionals this week at the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) summer reception.
Portsmouth City Council said this week that it plans to impose a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on new developments in the city to raise money for much-needed coastal flood defences (see News). It’s a clever way of making new developments work for the city.
Water companies have been keen to reassure the public over hosepipe ban fears caused by this year’s exceptionally dry spring (News last week). But it is widely agreed that water scarcity is a growing problem, and a great deal of engineering work may be needed to tackle it in the future.
Chief nuclear inspector Mike Weightman has this week played down the relevance of the Japanese earthquake and resulting tsunami for the UK’s nuclear stock. But can the UK aff ord to be so complacent?
Engineers were heroes and villains at the same time in the United States this week, following an intense operation to demolish part of a levee at Birds Point, Missouri, after the region was inundated with extreme rainfall.
This week saw the opening of the Tywyn Coastal Defence Scheme, a £7.6M flood defence project that will protect 78 properties in the North Wales town.
The government has shown itself to be switched on to the climate change threats of flooding and energy insecurity. But it is falling behind on another climate risk − the need to adapt the built environment to the risks posed by heatwaves.
Water regulator Ofwat is investigating the extent to which regulation is encouraging water companies to build new infrastructure instead of refurbishing or upgrading existing assets.