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Civil Engineering in the papers today - Thursday 2 October 2008

The amount of empty office space in the City of London has increased more than 50% as the financial crisis deepens...

The research, by NB Real Estate, paints a gloomy picture of the London commercial property market, with rents on prime City offices down from £65 per sq ft to £57.50 a sq ft compared with last year and the capital values of offices down 30% from their 2007 peak - The Daily Telegraph

British Airways has called for an overhaul of the Civil Aviation Authority and further constraints on BAA as it seeks to influence the biggest industry shakeup for 20 years. In its submission to the Competition Commission's airports inquiry, the UK flag carrier proposes splitting up the CAA, measures to prevent BAA loading Heathro with debt and a restructuring of how owners of regulated airports get paid - The Daily Telegraph

The Palace of Westminster and the Bank of England have been exposed as among the country's least efficient public buildings by a new law to measure carbon emissions from the national estate. Around 18,000 buildings, including town halls, museums, schools and job centres, are being tested to discovertheir energy efficiency on a sliding scale where A is the best and G is the worst - The Guardian

British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh has slammed Tory plans to build a high-speed rail network instead of a thrid runway at Heathrow airport and described the party's aviation policy as "all over the place". Walsh said a high-speed route linking Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds to London through a 180mph rail service would not address capacity problems at Britain's largest airport - The Guardian

A full Eurostar service will not operate until next year because of delays in repairing the fire-damaged Channel Tunnel. Trains will continue to take 20 minutes longer than normal, the company said - The Times

Britain's reputation in physics and astronomy has been harmed by a government funding body's handling of a £80M hole in its budget, an official review concluded yesterday. Decisions made by the Science and Technology Council (STFC) to resolve the shortfall have lde to "significant damage" to Britain's standing, according to the expert panel commissioned by the Government - The Times

Wholesale electricity prices surged higher yesterday amid mounting fears that the UK could face a supply shortfall next month. The forward price of electricity for November hit highs of £133 per megawatt hour, up more than £10 since Friday, when the same contract was trading at about £122.75 - The Times

Eurostar, the cross-Channel high-speed operator, announced yesterday it was restoring services almost to levels before last month's fire as work began to clear debris from the blaze that wrecked a lorry shuttle train last month. Eurotunnel, the Channel tunnel operator, hauled out the first third of the damaged train, which caught fire on September 11 11km from the French end of the north tunnel, one of two 50km rail bores, after receiving permission from the French judicial authorities, who are still investigating the incident - The Financial Times

The European and African unions yesterday agreed a list of 19 joint projects to strengthen Africa's science and technology base. They should receive about £119M in funds, and include schemes to enhance African water and food security - The Financial Times

EDF is nearing a deal with private equity group KKR which it hopes could trump billionaire businessman Warren Buffet in his agreed $4.7bn takeover of Baltimore based Constellation Energy. Pierre Gadonneix, chief executive of the French electricity group, will meet KKR executives in the US this week to finalise details of a new assault on the company it had chosen as its bridgehead into North America, where it is looking to tap into the revival of civil nuclear power generation - The Financial Times

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