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Carbon-critical; a (good) value judgement
The Guardian describes Keith Clarke as an "unlikely eco-warrior". As chief executive of consulting engineer Atkins, Clarke is more likely to be building roads, it claims, than campaigning against them.

House Call
Damian Arnold looks at the slowdown in foundations work across Europe and examines how individual countries are being hit.

Pole Position
Poland has the strongest economy of all former eastern European countries and its construction sector is booming. But can it ride out the credit crunch?

Flood risk sites ‘no barrier to development’
Risk of flooding in the UK should not necessarily rule out development of otherwise attractive potential building sites, claims an expert in foundation engineering.

Is the EU losing credibility on its transport policy
Europe’s grand project to make transport sustainable in the long run is simply being abandoned, warns the Parliament’s transport committee vice-president Gilles Savary.

Everything you ever wanted to know about working time
Questions and answers on the working time directive

Steeled for change
Could steel become the foundation material of choice? Robin Dawson believes so

Singapore collapse
Is the recent cut and cover box failure on the Singapore Circle Line the worst retaining wall and foundation failure in history?

Benchmarking safety
Despite improvements in foundation equipment, industrial accidents in the foundation sector are still above average in both occurrence and severity.

Who takes the risk?
A European survey revealed some marked differences in how the various markets and their foundation contractors deal with ground conditions risk. Mike Putnam examines the results.

Close knit
Relationships between clients, general contractors and specialists are changing for the better – and buildabilty is becoming a prime consideration, says David Sherwood

Addressing the conundrum
When Arup director Brian Simpson was invited to present a paper on embedded retaining walls to the international geotechnical community, he used the opportunity to outline the subject’s turbulent and controversial history.