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IN BRIEF

It's in the pipeline

Work began last month on enhancing Northern Ireland's water supply. McNicholas Construction Services is laying 85km of pipeline from the Silent Valley Reservoir in the Mourne Mountains to Newtownards, Bangor and Hollywood. On completion, the project will deliver 55Ml of water every day.

Tyne challenger loses appeal

The lone legal challenger of the New Tyne Crossing has lost his case. Bryan Atkinson of South Shields had his application to appeal against his defeat in the High Court dismissed at a hearing in the Appeal Court. A second vehicle tunnel under the River Tyne between North Tyneside and South Tyneside can now be built.

Lasers map South Coast

Nottinghamshire-based 3D Laser Mapping has mapped England's South Coast using a mobile laser scanner mounted on a quad bike, under a project commissioned by New Forest District Council in partnership with Channel Coast Observatory.

Halcrow to study River Hull

Halcrow has been appointed to carry out a £450,000 feasibility study into creating a constant water level in the River Hull.

Wrekin wins Wrexham works

Wrekin has won a £6.7M contract to provide infrastructure works for a 37,000m 2 retailled mixed development in Wrexham, North Wales.

Home starts up UK home starts in the second quarter of 2006 were higher than the same period last year.

Figures from the NHBC show 49,482 applications to start new homes during the second quarter of 2006, a 4% increase on the same period in 2005 (47,369).

Ecology book award

The Marsh Awards inaugural Ecology Book of the Year has been awarded to Richard Bardgett for his book The Biology of Soil: a community and ecosystem approach.

Correction

UK readers will find a revised version of the 2006 Geotechnical Services File with this month's issue.

A printing error meant the file circulated with the August issue omitted some companies. Also, the entry for Jacobs Babtie was included as Babtie Group. Jacobs Engineering Group acquired Babtie in August 2004. Apologies.

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