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Mark Hansford

I’m the editor of New Civil Engineer and responsible for driving content across all activities and the development of new digital and event products. I have over 20 years’ civil engineering industry experience, first as practicing qualified engineer and then as award winning journalist. Our remit is simple: to help professional engineers become better engineers by providing thought-provoking and inspiring content around future technologies and technical excellence.

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    Tunnels | Norway's Follo LineSubscription

    10 April, 2019

    With a compressive strength of up to 300MPa, the gneiss in Oslo is one of the hardest rocks ever successfully excavated with mechanised tunnelling technology.

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    Government backing for British Construction Industry AwardsSubscription

    29 March, 2019

    Government recognition of project teams that are seeking to raise the bar on delivery and provide better outcomes to society is now on offer from the British Construction Industry Awards.

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    Exclusive | Motts chair Keith Howells to retireSubscription

    28 March, 2019

    Mott MacDonald chairman Keith Howells is to retire in June after being in the position since January 2011.

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    Interview | Network Rail’s Andrew Haines plans brighter futureSubscription

    11 March, 2019Updated: 11 March, 2019

    Network Rail’s new chief executive Andrew Haines offers New Civil Engineer a refreshing candour and no-nonsense attitude.

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    Comment | Let's be honest about mega-project costsSubscription

    April 2019Comments (1)

    New Civil Engineer has fallen foul of the Crossrail 2 PR machine this month by daring to suggest that the cost of London’s next mega- project had “ballooned” from £30bn to £40bn.

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    Bechtel lodges claim against HS2 London station awardSubscription

    3 March, 2019

    Bechtel has lodged a High Court claim against High Speed 2 promoter HS2 Ltd after losing out on the £1bn contract to build Old Oak Common station in west London.

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    Microsoft targets construction with new HoloLensSubscription

    25 February, 2019

    Use of mixed reality apps on construction sites has taken a practical step forward with the launch of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 - the next generation of its wearable holographic computer.

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    Profile | PCSGSubscription

    13 February, 2019

    Transforming the procurement and delivery of civil engineering projects is a major issue for the industry at large. Leading the way are specialist SME companies like PCSG.

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    Exclusive | HS2 London stations losers ponder challengeSubscription

    11 February, 2019Comments (1)

    Losing bidders for High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) key London stations contracts are considering challenging the contract award decisions, New Civil Engineer can reveal.

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    Comment | Time to prove Britain's world class credentialsSubscription

    March 2019

    This is the March 2019 issue of New Civil Engineer; which means that by the end of the calendar month Britain should have exited the European Union (EU).

All by Mark Hansford

Blog posts

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    Written in the cloud

    “We want to change the way people do infrastructure design,” proclaimed software giant Autodesk’s senior vice president, industry strategy Andrew Anagnost on the eve of the firm’s annual convention in Las Vegas last week. “And the way we’re going to do it is by using the power of the cloud.”

    Mark's blog6 December, 2012

  • Mining a rich seam of UK talent

    Mining is the new roads sector for UK consultants eyeing up a £200bn global pot of cash.

    Mark's blog6 September, 2012

  • Keeping focused on engineering

    The stock of the engineer as innovator is rising, driven by client demands for better cost and time certainty on increasingly complex projects. So much so that it is prompting enlightened consultants seriously rethink attitudes to research and development and the way they treat their technically-minded engineers.

    Mark's blog6 July, 2012

  • Should Gatwick become London's hub?

    While the South East airport capacity debate centres on a Heathrow third runway versus Boris Island in the Thames Estuary, Gatwick is coolly making an understated case for the next new runway to head its way.

    Mark's blog18 May, 2012

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  • Railtrack haunts Cameron's plan for road privatisation

    Fear of recreating mistakes of the past is the biggest threat to prime minister David Cameron’s bold vision to drag England’s roads into the 21st century, aided by vast slugs of private money.

    Mark's blog30 March, 2012

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    Old problems threaten to derail new era of light rail

    Britain stands ready to embark on new era of light rail through tram-trains, but the age old problem of skyrocketing construction costs threatens to derail the dream before a new tram even leaves the depot.

    Mark's blog14 March, 2012

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    Localism in transport sounds death knell for major schemes

    New plans to devolve transport funding decisions to local transport bodies are good for the government’s localism agenda, but they could signal the death of big schemes.

    Mark's blog8 February, 2012

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    2012: the year of the one stop shop

    Last year’s warning from industry leaders to merge, be acquired or go under may have seemed bold and frightening talk, but 2012 shows no sign that the underlying business prerogative of the last few years – get bigger to offer a one-stop shop or be bought – is about to change. Nor is the fact that there are some vulnerable firms out there.

    Mark's blog10 January, 2012

  • Life on Mars stalks a squeezed industry

    The next three years will see many civil engineering contractors go to the wall unless clients take responsibility for the situation and ease the pressure on cash flow and project risk.

    Mark's blog1 November, 2011

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    Are one stop shops key to cracking the global market?

    As UK-centric consultant Mouchel battles with its banks, Halcrow prepares for life as part of US giant CH2M Hill’s world and URS gets ready to consign the Scott Wilson brand to history, the benefit to UK firms of consolidating with global giants seems all too apparent. But is such a path guaranteed to be paved with gold?

    Mark's blog20 October, 2011

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