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Civil engineering in the news today - Thursday 22nd January 2009

Alistair Darling bowed to the credit pressures weighing on the London Olympics and agreed yesterday to bail out two of the biggest building schemes for the 2012 games, handing over a quarter of the £2bn set aside in contingency reserves to keep the project on track...

...The chancellor agreed to release £394M from the contingency fund, while a further £67M is being taken out of a separate contingency pot set aside by the Olympic Delivery Authority, the body responsible for the games’ infrastructure – The Financial Times

The biggest hotel to be constructed from shipping containers opens in London this week. Travelodge, the budget hotel chain, imported the containers from China complete with bathrooms, plastering and air conditioning units-then stacked them into a 300-room hotel near Heathrow in just three weeks – The Financial Times

The UK government is lobbying to water down proposed EU legislation to impose tough new emission limits on power plants in order to guarantee Britain’s energy security and keep down electricity prices – The Guardian

The multi-billion pound programme to revamp every state secondary school in England is facing further delays caused by the credit crunch, says construction industry leaders. The Building Schools for Future programme has already experienced several years of slow progress since it began in 2004. So far only 50 schools have been rebuilt or refurbished out of England’s 3,500 – The Financial Times

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