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After a couple of glasses of plonk at a Treasury do last week, a civil engineer working for one of the major contractors confessed he has spent the last year on housing projects, and is finding it hard. The reason? On civils jobs he had been able to bodge a bit, increasing his margins and leaving the client to wrangle over defects with the legal department. But, 'on a housing scheme you've got, say, 45 individual clients, and if you've left leaky plumbing, tatty carpet, or fitted cheap, ...

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