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Dew firms in receivership A £29M pensions deficit and disastrous losses on work in Gibraltar mean two subsidiaries of Dew Pitchmastic, which owns Dew Piling, were placed in receivership last month. Receivers Ernst & Young have been called in for the Dew Construction division and as administrators of Dew Remediation. The firms employed 420 staff in the UK and have already shed 285 jobs. The receivers are looking at selling divisions Dew Piling and Fabrication.

Fugro completes Seacore deal Fugro has completed its acquisition of site investigation contractor Seacore Limited for E20M (£13.7M). The deal includes the purchase of all shares and the redemption of loans. Fugro and Seacore have worked together on several projects in the past. Seacore has an annual turnover of about £23.9M and employs about 160 staff.

Halcrow recruits for Crossrail Halcrow is recruiting engineers for London's £10bn Crossrail project after winning a role as one of the scheme's four main designers. It is understood that Halcrow, an Arup/Atkins joint venture, Scott Wilson and Mott MacDonald will each design a section of the route.

Faber wins tunnel design Faber Maunsell has won the design contract for the Lower Lea Valley Cable Tunnel from J Murphy and Sons. The Greater London Authority, through the London Development Agency, awarded Murphy the 12km of tunnel work to replace overhead power lines through the Lower Lea Valley. Murphy will construct two tunnels 20m below the surface.

One, for EDF Energy, will be 2.8m in diameter and the other, for National Grid, will be 4.2m.

REC creates new division Resource and Environmental Consultants has created a new division, REC Remediation.

The company will provide soil and groundwater treatment services under managing director Brian Graham and director Adam Czarnecki. It will also specialise in Japanese Knotweed treatment and eradication services.

New material testing lab The Enverity material testing division of Xplor has set up a laboratory in Daventry, Northamptonshire. Xplor has also acquired Daventrybased Danetre Drilling.

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