Message from the editor | Issue 20| September/October 2016

The reverberations of the Brexit vote and anticipation of big impending government decisions are both affecting the infrastructure sector, says Andy Walker in his editor's comment in the latest issue of Infrastructure Intelligence.

It’s certainly not been a normal summer, with the aftermath of June’s Brexit vote continuing to impact on politics and also the infrastructure sector over the past couple of months.

There are undoubtedly concerns about the future health of the economy and a number of key decisions urgently need to be taken by the government, especially in the area of infrastructure, so the coming months look set to be extremely important and eventful for our sector.

As befits the name of our magazine, this issue we have some interesting intelligence on infrastructure investment (p3) and the low-down on infrastructure in Turkey after the coup attempt over the summer (p4). We also speak to the man in charge of West Yorkshire’s £1bn transport spend (p6) and have a revealing interview with Highways England’s director of complex infrastructure.

Speaking of complex infrastructure, we examine the implications of the latest delay to the Hinkley nuclear project (p10) and delve deeper into the key decisions that MPs and the government will need to make over the next couple of months (p14).

Our centre-page story focuses on Innovative Contractor Engagement and interviews those involved in using it on the Bank Station project (p16). Collaboration is a key part of this new procurement method so it’s fitting that the subject of our roundtable report is architects and engineers working better together and collaborating effectively (p23). 

We’ve also got a revealing update on how the UK’s Brexit negotiations might be affected by EU countries that are not leaving the union and much more, including an interesting interview with a best-selling Icelandic crime novelist, who is also a civil engineer.

Enjoy the read and as always, keep sending us your feedback.

Andy Walker is the editor of Infrastructure Intelligence.

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