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Civil engineering in the news - Wednesday 17 September

Dearer energy bills sent Britain's annual inflation rate to a 16-year-high of 4.7% last month but Bank of England Governor Mervyn King said inflation was close to peaking because of tumbling oil prices...

The increase from 4.4% in July leaves inflation at more than double the government's 2% target and forced King to write an explanatory letter to Alistair Darling yesterday - The Guardian

Berkeley Group said yesterday its house sales were running at half their historic average but it was still in financial good health and well placed to snap up land being disposed of by rivals. A trading statement covering the four months to the end of August said there was no lift in the "particularly challenging" business environment, but the housebuilder boasted that a flexible operating model meant it could match supply to demand and maximise returns in all market conditions - The Guardian

Serial power cuts will create chaos in Britain within the next decade an energy expert has warned. Professor Ian Fells. Emeritus professor of Energy Conversion at the University of Newcastle said the country will lose a third of generating capacity in the next 12 years as nuclear and coal-power stations closed - The Daily Telegraph

Tony Wrench was toasting victory over the planners yesterday with a glass of wine made from the vines that grow on the turf roof of his wooden roundhouse. After ten years of planning battles, during which he and his partner, Jane Faith, faced having to demolish the home they had built themselves, they have finally won the right to stay - The Times

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