Civil engineering orders for the 12 months to April 2000 were 4% higher than the rolling total recorded at the end of last year, according to latest Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions figures. However, they were 2% lower than the level recorded at the end of the first quarter of last year. The rolling total for all new construction work, excluding housing, was unchanged on the last quarter of 1999, but 9% down compared to the first quarter.
Piling contractor Branlows and East of Scotland Water are among 36 companies selected to receive Department of Trade & Industry grants for nurturing innovative approaches to partnering. Branlows' funding application set out growth targets, plans to improve relations between staff, and strategic objectives. The DTI's Partnership Fund is awarding £2.5M this year.
The Institution of Highways & Transportation wants entries for its biennial road safety awards. The deadline for submissions is 4 August. Contact Carlton Roberts-James, Institution of Highways & Transportation, 6 Endsleigh Street, London WC1H 0DZ.
The Association for Project Management is to award an annual prize to the most successful candidate in the APM professional examinations. A winner will be announced next month.
Contractor Warings has won a £9.3M design and build contract to build new offices for British Telecom in Bristol. The Lewis Trust has awarded Warings a £5.3M contract for office refurbishment, also in Bristol.
A new construction industry website aimed at bringing procurement into the 21st century has been launched. www.jackhamma.com will also be a forum for discussion, the posting of 'infotorials', educational papers, jargon busting and business guidance.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food Nick Brown has named chairmen for the nine Environment Agency regional flood defence committees for England. They are: ex-Suffolk County Council chief engineer Peter Bye (Anglian); RFDC member Josephine Turnbull (Northumbria); independent consulting engineer Sinclair McLeod (North West); consulting engineer Peter Watts (Severn Trent); independent consulting engineer William Cutting (Southern); former RFDC chair Deborah Clark (South West); chairman of consultant Crane Environmental Jean Venables (Thames); JP Giles Sturdy (Wessex); hydrological consultant Roy Ward (Yorkshire).