Comment and opinion
When East Sussex County Council awarded the Costain/CH2M joint venture the £300 million contract for highway maintenance at the beginning of the year, we knew we had some ambitious aims to meet. Not only were we determined to achieve measurable value for money over the seven-year life of the contract, but we would do that by having the right skills in the right place
I came into civil engineering – and Costain – as a result of going to a conference organised by CITB at the end of my GCSEs. We had a family friend who was an architect, so I had always known about the industry; I just wasn’t aware of all the opportunities available to me.
I started out with the intention of becoming a domestic electrician, and – to get my foot in the door – got a job as a portable appliance tester, working in car dealerships and supermarket distribution centers across the UK. Read my blog to find out how I progressed my career to being an electrical engineer.
The infrastructure sector accounts for more than 50% of the UK’s CO2 emissions, and if we do not adopt low carbon best practice, the UK will not meet its commitment of an 80% reduction by 2050.
At Costain we understand that for our business to be successful it has to operate sustainably over the long term. To do that, we need a workforce that is safe, well-motivated, productive, and who feel enthusiastic and passionate about what we do.
I’ve been with Costain since 1990, when I did my industrial year at university, then graduated in 1992....
Due to record investment in infrastructure and leisure alongside an increase in private housing and the commercial sector, the construction skills network predicts 224,000 extra construction jobs will be needed by 2019. It would appear an increase in apprenticeships would be the perfect solution to bridge this gap, however…
The UK has had concerns over the science and engineering disciplines for nearly 200 years. In fact, a report by Charles Babbage, the Decline of Science in England in 1830 raised serious concerns over the UK’s future as a leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) markets; with focus at the time on manufacturing.
St Pancras provided both the largest commercial challenge I faced in my time with the Group as well as the fondest memories. The job started at £350 million and in the end we settled it at £660 million. The station, home to London’s Eurostar terminal, is now regarded as an exemplar of engineering and the re-use of an iconic Victorian structure.