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IN BRIEF

Report outlines coastal needs

The south and west of England need £8bn to protect against sea level rise, according to a report by the Association of British Insurers last month. Coastal Flooding: Future Risks and Investment Requirements, examines the impact of the 400mm sea level rise that is expected by 2050.

DLR extension gets go-ahead

The £200M north extension of London's Docklands Light Railway was given the green light by the Department of Transport last month. The 6km route will run from Canning Town to Stratford International.

Work will start in January 2007 and is due to complete by summer 2010.

Soil Mechanics relocates

Soil Mechanics is relocating from Leamington Spa to Southam five miles away. The new ofifce and laboratory will allow expansion into new lines of soil and materials testing.

CSCS introduces site card

The Construction Skills Certication Scheme has launched a Professional Qualied Persons (PQP) card to ensure everyone on a construction site can demonstrate competence, qualications and health and safety awareness. Nearly 20 professional bodies, including the ICE, RICS, CIOB and IMechE, have signed up to the card, which will be promoted to consultants and other professionals that do not permanently work on site.

High-Point Rendel up for award

High-Point Rendel is one of three finalists for the 2006 Fleming Award for excellence in geotechnical design and construction. It has been nominated for its work on a £25M coast protection and landslide stabilisation scheme at Lyme Regis, due to complete in Spring 2007.

Healy is CIRIA's new chief

Construction industry research body CIRIA has appointed Bill Healy as chief executive. He takes over from Tim Broyd.

CJ Haughy wins Corby job Contractor CJ Haughy has won a £650,000 contract from Bowmer and Kirkland to do groundworks for the Eurohub logisitics plant near Corby, Northamptonshire. CJ Haughey will redirect the original drainage system that runs through the centre of the development site and lay foundations.

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