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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: September 2011

Health & Safety - time to act on construction's achilles heel

Posted by Mark HansfordWed, 28 Sep 2011

Official figures showed that the number of deaths in the construction sector rose from 41 to 50 last year. To drive health and safety to the top of the agenda, NCE has joined forces with the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Standing Committee on Structural Safety to produce a quarterly special focused on highlighting best practice while also examining the latest issues and setting out where work still needs to be done.

French lessons worth paying attention to

Posted by Mark HansfordFri, 23 Sep 2011

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg this week said it was time to get serious on infrastructure investment. He said 40 critical infrastructure projects will be flagged and given “special” status; that overseas investors will be lured in to fund them; and that planning hurdles will be unblocked to accelerate them.

Will lack of confidence dash £200bn infrastructure spend?

Posted by Mark HansfordThu, 15 Sep 2011

As civil engineering consultants and contractors keenly await the first annual update of the government’s National Infrastructure Plan, big questions about where the £200bn investment is going to come from remain.

Will lack of confidence dash £200bn infrastructure spend?

Posted by Marissa LynchThu, 15 Sep 2011

As civil engineering consultants and contractors keenly await the first annual update of the government’s National Infrastructure Plan, big questions about where the £200bn investment is going to come from remain.