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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: March 2011

Fierce competition and rising prices pile pressure on civils firms

Posted by Mark HansfordTue, 15 Mar 2011

Late last year NCE asked 43 civil engineering consultants and contractors for their view on the likely state of the infrastructure market in 2011. It made grim reading; margins were being hammered, and tender prices were plummeting.

High Speed Two: passenger forecasts are a risky business

Posted by Mark HansfordWed, 2 Mar 2011

Passenger forecasts are sure to come under intense scrutiny as the public consultation over Britain’s High Speed Two railway kicks off this week.