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Civil engineering in the news - Thursday 18 September

BAA's decision yesterday to put Gatwick up for sale immediately drew out a clutch of interested buyers, including Hochtief, the German building company, Manchester Airport Group and Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Atlantic, who has expressed interest in a consortium bid...

BAA pledged to continue to fight a Competition Commission ruling that it should sell a second London airport - The Times

A total of 4,400 tonnes of food waste was being ploughed back into the land after being composted , government waste advisers said yesterday. Over 94,000 homes in 19 local authorities in England and Northern Ireland put food scraps in bins which were collected for composting under a pilot scheme. According to the Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) the compost has been used in farming and horticultural schemes, and in redeveloping reclaimed land - The Guardian

New secondary school buildings will have to reach a minimum standard of design quality or they will not be given the go-ahead, schools minister Jim Knight will announce today. A minimum threshold is to be applied to the £45bn Building Schools for the Future programme, which involves improving or rebuilding 3,500 secondary schools. Knight will say that students and teachers will join experts in schools architecture to vet designs before they are selected by local authorities - The Guardian

Negotiations over the sale of British Energy (BE) to EdF remain deadlocked over disagreements about price with the French nuclear power company refusing to make a significant improvement to its £12bn offer. Despite hopes of a deal being agreed this week, the protracted talks look like going into next week and denying Business and Enterprise Secretary John Hutton an announcement ahead of the forthcoming Labour Party conference - The Daily Telegraph

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