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New Civil Engineer editor becomes ICE Fellow

Mark Hansford becomes ICE Fellow

New Civil Engineer editor Mark Hansford has become a Fellow of the ICE.

Hansford, a qualified civil engineer, left consultant Atkins in 2000 to become a journalist, initially taking on the role as ICE news reporter for New Civil Engineer. He received the accolade formally on Monday following a rigorous selection process, which included evidence of his continuing professional development as an engineering journalist.

Speaking at a certificate reception-ceremony welcoming inductees at One Great George Street in London, ICE membership director Seán Harris said a Fellowship amounted to the “highest grade” awarded by the insitiution. He added that those ranked as such were required to adhere to industry’s “high standards” and a “rigorous” code of conduct as well as becoming role models for future Fellows.

In his 18 year career at the magazine Hansford has held the positions of ICE news reporter, ICE editor, features editor, managing editor and deputy editor before taking the helm as editor in July 2014.

He holds an MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham and post university spent three years as a practicing engineer with Atkins.

“As a practicing civil engineer I carried out water supply and distribution analysis in the UK and abroad including conducting a fixed asset condition and revaluation study for the 100 largest urban water schemes in Ghana,” said Hansford of his early career. 

“At New Civil Engineer I have reported from the scene of a host of international engineering disasters including a bridge collapse in northern Portugal, a tunnel fire in Baltimore and tsunami-struck Sri Lanka

“In 2003 I was the first construction reporter into Iraq following the second Gulf War.”

He has also won awards such as IBP News Reporter of the Year in 2003 and IBP Construction and Infrastructure Writer of the Year in 2013; and having overseen a hugely successful overhaul and redesign of New Civil Engineer led the title to victory as IBP magazine of the year in 2017.

Hansford added he was a “proud supporter” of engineering disaster relief charity RedR, of which New Civil Engineer has been patron for several years. He has also taken part in several Care International fundraising fitness challenges.

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