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As the leading source of information and comment on civil engineering issues, we provide expert views and thoughts on all things infrastructure.

Our blog contains regular updates from across the world of civil engineering, reflecting the views of our staff, members and the leading infrastructure decision makers.

All posts (114):

  • ICE Thinks panel discussion with the All Party Parliamentary Groups.

    Smart cities need to find some smarter answers

    • Author: Joanna Gonet
    • Date: 24 May, 2017

    A recent ICE Thinks panel discussion with the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Infrastructure and Smart Cities discussed big issues around inclusivity, technology and public perception – and asked what does government need to do…

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  • The European Investment Bank invested over €30bn in infrastructure projects between 2012-2016

    Infrastructure at the election - post-Brexit investment, skills and innovation

    • Author: Ben Goodwin
    • Date: 18 May, 2017

    On 8 June the electorate will decide which political party will negotiate the UK’s exit from the EU. To the party that is chosen the infrastructure sector has some clear advice.

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  • Next year the National Infrastructure Commission will publish its first assessment of UK infrastructure

    Place infrastructure investment at the heart of economic policy

    • Author: Andrew Crudgington
    • Date: 16 May, 2017

    Investment in infrastructure has immediate economic benefits and long-term advantages. But the UK needs a strategic approach from the next government to deliver the infrastructure we need to thrive.

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  • ICE's manifesto for the General Election

    • Author: Nick Baveystock
    • Date: 03 May, 2017

    The next few weeks will see endless debate about the nature of leadership and what is best for the UK. Inevitably some of the debate will be informed, some won’t. I am repeatedly asked what the ICE line is.

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  • New technologies such as augmented reality will play a vital role in reshaping our industry and the infrastructure around us.

    Innovation investment a key issue for Brexit negotiations

    • Author: Mike Putnam
    • Date: 02 May, 2017

    Securing long term investment in research and innovation must remain a priority for Government and industry. It is the key to greater productivity and can enhance our position as a global leader in our sector.

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  • The Government highlights “improving procurement” as one of the ten pillars that should support the UK’s industrial strategy

    Procurement and Brexit: Is it business as usual?

    • Author: Paul Nash
    • Date: 24 April, 2017

    Paul Nash of CIOB discusses the potential impact of regulatory changes following Brexit on infrastructure sector procurement between the UK and EU.

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  • The industrial strategy will “provide a policy framework against which major public and private sector investment decisions can be made

    Building our industrial strategy

    • Author: Gavin Miller
    • Date: 20 April, 2017

    An industrial strategy is a key part of the Government’s plan for the long-term prosperity of the UK. ICE has responded to the first consultation on the strategy – here’s what we said.

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  • 27% of construction jobs in London are currently filled by EU nationals

    Skills shortage and Brexit

    • Author: Amanda Clack
    • Date: 18 April, 2017

    The skills shortage is a critical issue for the UK construction sector. Whether it’s drastically increasing the number of homes we build or to deliver the world class infrastructure our economy depends on, access to high standard…

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  • European standards bodies are not part of the EU, but Britain’s continued participation depends on meeting certain obligations

    Brexit Infrastructure Group publishes codes and standards briefing

    • Author: Dr Scott Steedman CBE
    • Date: 10 April, 2017

    What will Brexit mean for the European codes and standards across the engineering sector? Scott Steedman of the British Standards Institution (BSI) explains.

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  • From 2012–2016, the European Investment Bank invested more than €31bn in the UK economy. Image: Josh Howard

    Five infrastructure considerations for Brexit

    • Author: James Stewart
    • Date: 03 April, 2017

    KPMG’s James Stewart highlights five key challenges facing infrastructure and construction, from project funding to the UK’s reputation as a global hub.

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