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Mark's blog

I am deputy editor of NCE. I am a qualified civil engineer with more than 15 years construction industry experience. Since joining NCE in 2000, I have been the first construction journalist into Iraq following the second Gulf War (and won IBP News Reporter of the Year as a result), was on the scene in tsunami-struck Sri Lanka, reported on a fatal bridge collapse in Portugal, covered a tunnel blaze in Baltimore, and exposed fundamental design failings in the Windsor’s Jubilee River. ...

All posts from: February 2011

Resistance to innovation spells terminal decline for UK contractors

Posted by Mark HansfordWed, 9 Feb 2011

Late last year the Treasury’s Infrastructure UK (IUK) division confirmed what everybody has known for ages – that UK civil engineering projects are much more expensive than European ones.

The most talked about project this year won't be Crossrail – it'll be Crossrail 2

Posted by Mark HansfordTue, 1 Feb 2011

As a full public consultation on the route of the proposed High Speed 2 line from London to the north kicks off this month, prepare to hear much about the vital importance of not Crossrail, but its sister project, Crossrail 2.