We have lift-off: Welcome to our new website

As you’ve hopefully noticed by now, things have changed a bit around here. We hope you like what you see.

Anniversaries of any kind are always a good time to take stock. And with 2016 marking the 160th anniversary of The Engineer, we thought it was time for a bit of a freshen up.

Our editorial remit remains the same: to report on technological innovation across all of the key sectors and to champion UK engineering. And popular regular features like our online polls and classic archive content, as well as the ability to engage in lively debate with your colleagues, will remain at the heart of the site.

All of our content remains free to view. However, to post comments, both new and existing users will need to take a couple of minutes to register and sign in.

But by dispensing with some of the clunky navigation elements of our old online home, generally reducing the clutter, and thinking more carefully about how we present all of our content, we think we’ve created a far more stimulating and enjoyable reader experience. We hope you agree.

All of our content remains free to view. However, to post comments, both new and existing users will need to take a couple of minutes to register and sign in. This will help cut down the huge amounts of spam we receive every day and enable us to moderate and publish your comments more quickly than ever.

As always, we welcome all of your comments – both positive and negative – and suggestions on other features that you’d like to see in the weeks and months ahead.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers – wherever you are in the world – a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2016.