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White Young Green and WSP make NCE's most read stories of boom and bust 2008

Good and bad news about two of Britain's biggest civil engineering consultants were the first and third most read stories on in 2008, hammering home the transformation from boom to bust.

Most read story on across the whole of 2008 was the annoucement of White Young Green as NCE Major Consultant of the Year at the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year awards in March.

Then, in the accompanying Consultants File Market Report, the headline was "What Credit Crunch?" as White Young Green, along with all of its peers boasted a record revenue and talked of expectations of more to come.

The amazing transformation of the industry into one of fear for the future in little more than six months is then no better illustrated with the third most read story - the news earlier this month of WSP's decision decision to axe 500 jobs as the recession began to bite.

The one ray of hope remains Crossrail, and the fever surrounding London's £16bn rail scheme is once again clearly illustrated with the story of the announcement of the design frameworks the second most read throughout 2008 - despite only being posted three weeks ago.

Fourth most read was perhaps the second ray of hope - the award of the £5bn M25 widening deal to a Balfour Beatty, Skanska and Atkins joint venture.

And rounding out the top five was NCE's Middle East Market report - published back in February before the region - and the world - began to feel the financial squeeze.

This year also saw NCE bring civil engineering to life through videos of the biggest projects, video interviews with the biggest names, and video footage of some of the biggest gaffes.

And it was one of these gaffes, Iran's badly designed - or badly constructed - motorway flyover that proved most popular, with almost 10,000 views since it was posted in July.

Next year promises to be tough, but clearly there are opportunities to be had, and will continue to be the place to hear about them first. Thanks for visiting, and a Happy New Year from the NCE team.

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