Northern Powerhouse, energy fears and Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

Some of the more interesting news stories I’ve written in the last couple of weeks include claims that the Northern Powerhouse needs £50bn in infrastructure investment if the plans are to be realised; ICE Scotland revealed its concerns over the dwindling energy generation capability and called for a more robust debate on policy; draft regulations for the Flood Re insurance scheme were approved by the House of Lords and Tomorrow’s Engineers week was celebrated for the third time with new research underpinning activities.

  • Investment in northern infrastructure must rise to £50bn if Northern Powerhouse ambition is to be realised says new IPPR North State of the North report.
  • ICE Scotland’s comprehensive review of infrastructure has highlighted critical energy issues and a £2bn road maintenance backlog. With an excess supply of just 1.2% in 2015/2016 from 4.1% today Scotland is facing major issues in its energy sector said the ICE Scotland State of the Nation report. At the same time a third of Scotland’s roads are considered to be in an “unacceptable” condition with the maintenance backlog standing at £2bn.
  • Two draft statutory instruments that will outline technical aspects of the flood reinsurance scheme and designate Flood Re as the scheme administrator, were approved by the House of Lords following debate of the regulations last week.
  • New research by EngineeringUK published to coincide with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week has found that online imagery is reinforcing outdated gender stereotypes in engineering.

This week I’m looking at sustainable building design, climate change issues and the steel crisis – and I’ll also be looking at a feature on a new kind of crane that is set to rival the all terrain machine.


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