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[1]   Founded in 1944 as GA Maunsell & Partner, from 1949 the company operated under the name of Maunsell, Posford and Pavry, the year in which Richard Pavry joined the company as a partner, having worked with Maunsell and Posford since 1946. Even after the break-up in 1955 (in Maunsell & Partners and Posford, Pavry & Partners), John Posford’s firm continued to use the founding date of 1944. See D. Bone & A. Stirling, The Posford Story, A history of the Firm, 2nd edition, 2006.

[2] G.P. Harrison en A.J.S. Pippard, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, Vol 5 (Feb 1960), pp 75-86, p. 77.  

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[4] G.P. Harrison en A.J.S. Pippard (1960). 

[5] G.T. Wallace, ‘Felixstowe: Britain’s little port’, in Geography, July 1975, Vol. 60, No. 3, pp 209-213. 

[6] The North Sea Flood of 1953 came about due to a combination of spring tide and a storm surge in the North Sea and caused flooding in the Netherlands, Belgium, Britain and Northern Germany. Most fatalities occurred in the Netherlands. 

[7] A. Baird, ‘Analysis of private seaport development: the port of Felixstowe’, Transport Policy 6 (199) pp 109-122, p 109. From 1951 to 1976, Gordon Parker was Chairman of the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Co. 

[8] Interview with Alastair Stirling.

[9] Wallace, p. 209.

[10] Ibidem p. 210.

[11] Baird p. 111 , Bone en Stirling, p.8.

[12] According to The Times, on her visit, Thatcher said: "The morale is terrific here. There is a great sense that whatever comes they can tackle and expand. Everyone is working so hard together and are proud to be here".

[13] Bone & Stirling, p. 22.

[14] RHDHV UK archives, article about Posford Duvivier in Peterborough Business, no date.

[15] This development was instigated by the port of Harwich.

[16] The passage that follows is taken from Judith Gussenhoven, Founding NEMO, 2013, pp. 175-176.

[17] The first piece of environmental legislation in Britain against industrial pollution was in 1863: the Alkali Act. When the United Kingdom joined the European Common Market in 1972, it started to follow European environment laws.

[18] From 1985 to 1989, Brooke worked as Senior Research Associate for the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

[19] Interviews with Jan Brooke, Alastair Stirling. 

[20] Interview with Alastair Stirling.

[21] Interview with Jan Brooke. At the time, the word-processor was the latest technical gadget, which of course prompted the question.

[22] Certainly, given the fact that evidence from the 1970s suggested that engineering and the environment were incompatible. The original attitude of engineers varied from neutral to ‘do we really have to?’. Interviews with Jan Brooke, Siân John.

[23] Opening speech at the Rightwell House Stirling wing 27/10/89, RHDHV company archives UK.

[24] Dovercourt and Bramble Island project; and CVM study for the Lincolnshire coast, Jan Brooke and RHDHV company archives UK.

[25] Joe Seely, ‘Profile Posford Duvivier, Shaping the environment’, Peterborough Business, pp 9-11, p 11. No date.

[26] Interviews with Siân John and Alastair Stirling.

[27] ‘Haskoning koopt Britse Posford’, De Telegraaf, 21/12/1994. In early 1995 the company had a total workforce of 1,050 employees. After the takeover by the Dutch engineering firm, its UK-based arm operated under the name of Posford Haskoning from 2001 onwards.