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Culture Secretary Chris Smith


Culture Secretary Chris Smith ignored technical evidence from designers of the new Wembley Stadium when he decided to drop plans to support it as the main venue for the 2012 Olympic Games. MPs on the cross party Culture Media & Sport Select Committee were told last week that instead he allowed the non-technical views of the British Olympic Association to colour his view of the project.

More than 100 delegates from major civils firms attended a briefing last week on the contracts for the second stage of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, between Kent's Southfleet and St Pancras.

Nukem has won the £30M contract to decommission nuclear facilities at the UK Atomic Energy Authority's Winfrith site in Dorset.

Entries for the Environment Agency's Water Efficiency Awards must be registered by 17 March. The scheme, a joint venture organised by the Agency and Water UK, aims to recognise best ideas to encourage the economical and effective use of water by the public. Contact Elizabeth Sanz on (01903) 832289 or Judith Powling on (01342) 892851 for details.

Consultant Babtie has opened a Dublin office with Irish consultant EG Pettit to target the current boom in Irish infrastructure spending. Babtie-Pettit will bid to advise the Irish government on four design, build, finance and operate schemes, including bypasses round Waterford and Limerick. Once the schemes, valued at £300M, are completed revenue will be returned via road tolling.

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