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IN BRIEF

Amec buys UK firm Amec last month acquired UKbased Environmental Advice Centre for £1.4M. The latter specialises in ecological surveys and assessments, contaminated land remediation and air and water quality appraisals.

Construction output up 4% The total volume of UK construction output in 2004 rose by 4% compared with the previous year, according to Department of Trade and Industry figures. New work rose over the same period, despite a decrease in infrastructure projects.

New construction orders in the year to January 2005 rose by 9%.

Lock work wins merit award Strengthening of Keadby Lock in Lincolnshire (GE April 2004) won the ICE East Midlands merit award for 2004 last month. Work for British Waterways involved a wide range of geotechnics by Cementation Foundations Skanska.

Cash help for remediation Environment minister Elliot Morley is urging local authorities in England to bid for a pot of more £17M to help find and clean up contaminated land. Morley said: 'While many contaminated sites are picked up through development proposals and regeneration activity, local authorities also need financial support to identify sites that need action now.'

China lets Atlas go whole hog China has agreed Atlas Copco can convert its 92% equity joint venture, Nanjing Atlas Copco Construction Machinery, into a 100% Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE), owned by Atlas Copco (China) Investment Co. 'This move is in line with the strategy of increasing presence in Asia and of owning as much as possible of all companies, ' said vice president Magnus Gyll÷.

Amsterdam metro appointment Faithful & Gould has been appointed independent consultant on the £1bn North South Line project in Amsterdam. Work includes building a completely new underground metro system in the Dutch capital.

The firm will carry out a review of the commercial and contractual management of the project.

New WYG acquisition White Young Green has acquired environmental consultant Robert Long Consultancy. The firm focuses on waste management, minerals and land remediation and has offices in Hampshire, Cambridgeshire and Yorkshire.

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