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Special reports


Specialists 2017 Demolition Keltbray

Specialist main contractors: The industry’s silver bullet? Subscription

Groundwork specialists are increasingly taking on all enabling works up to superstructure and achieving big margins. Is this the future?


Bye bye demolition: The future is deconstruction Subscription

Signs are emerging that the demolition sector and the wider industry are starting to embrace deconstruction as the way forward. 


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How Crossrail took concrete into uncharted territorySubscription

Few people fully realise the importance of concrete to Crossrail and how the £14.8bn project has pushed the boundaries of what the material can do.

Martyn Kenny sustainability director Tarmac

The whole truth: Concrete and carbonSubscription

The most widely used man-made material on Earth is undergoing a renaissance in the understanding of its whole-life carbon benefits.

Network Rail Great Western trackworks

Network Rail: Five projects to watchSubscription

Network Rail’s CP6 programme is looming into view while several CP5 projects continue to hog the headlines. Lucy Alderson looks at the latest developments on five of the most high-profile schemes.

Access and Scaffolding

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How can Network Rail find the private cash for CP6?Subscription

Network Rail’s plan to boost private funding is struggling to get off the ground. Binyamin Ali examines both the obstacles to success and the examples that give cause for optimism

Eugene Smethurst process and automation business head Aecom

Digital Railway: What does this revolution look like?Subscription

The UK’s railways are on the brink of a major transformation in the way they are managed, operated and maintained.

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Carillion's top scaffolder: PFIs, payment and what comes nextSubscription

Lyndon Scaffolding was once Carillion’s go-to scaffolder before cutting its ties. CEO Robert Lynch outlines what needs to change following the firm’s demise.

Roads and bridges

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How virtual reality safety training can trick the mindSubscription

Is it possible to create artificial memories of trauma using VR, with the aim of influencing scaffolders to develop risk adverse behaviour?

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Modular revolution: Keeping scaffolding up to speed Subscription

As with so many industries, construction has seen significant advances in recent years

Bam Nuttall Mitre bridge refurbishment 3

Bam hovers above electric lines to fix vital Paddington bridgeSubscription

A seemingly straightforward strengthening and repainting job has been complicated by extremely difficult access centred on the presence of nine neighbouring railway lines.

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Climate change: 3 steps to building resilient roadsSubscription

Seismic changes in conditions are hitting roads hard, which makes developing materials to combat climate change more important than ever, says FM Conway’s David Smith

Bruce Donaldson head of highways WSP

Boom times await highway engineersSubscription

Confidence in UK infrastructure and particularly roads remains high, and the government’s recent backing of the £7bn Oxford to Cambridge Expressway in the Autumn Budget is testament to that.