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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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    SME 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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    Updated | HS2 London stations price drops as construction partners namedSubscription

    6 February, 2019Comments (1)

    High Speed 2’s London stations will cost almost a third less to build with Mace, Dragados, Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra named as construction partners on the jobs.

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    Consultancy boss warns hard Brexit will hit infrastructure investmentSubscription

    30 January, 2019

    Growing fears about a so-called hard Brexit and other moves worldwide to introduce “divisive” trade barriers have prompted global engineering consultancy body the Federation Internationale des Ingenieurs Conseil (Fidic) to take the unprecedented step of speaking out and warning of the risks to the industry and to infrastructure investment.

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    Ex HS2 chair: Delay Euston works and terminate at Old Oak CommonSubscription

    23 January, 2019Comments (5)

    Former HS2 Ltd chair Sir Terry Morgan has said High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) £27bn first phase should initially terminate at Old Oak Common in west London, as a cost cutting measure.

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    Crossrail delay warnings 'suppressed by TfL'Subscription

    14 January, 2019

    Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild’s detailed exposé of the Crossrail programme’s delays were not actually the main order of business for the London Assembly’s transport committee meeting on 9 January.

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    Crossrail dynamic testing setbacks detailedSubscription

    14 January, 2019

    A second attempt to begin dynamic testing on the Elizabeth line is due this month after a false start last year.

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    Comment | Industry must rise again after Crossrail debacleSubscription

    14 January, 2019

    This month’s New Civil Engineer was intended to be future looking as we explore innovations in our Future of Tunnelling special.

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    Exclusive | Crossrail to pay contractors lump sums to finish jobSubscription

    11 January, 2019Comments (8)

    Crossrail bosses are negotiating extra payments to its contractors so that they can finish remaining Crossrail station works, New Civil Engineer can reveal.

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    True scale of Crossrail problems laid bareSubscription

    9 January, 2019Comments (4)

    The full scale of Crossrail’s problems have been laid bare with stations now revealed to be at the centre of ‘‘three more years’’ of work needed to open the catastrophically delayed metro.

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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