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In brief

WS Atkins and Bovis have agreed to work together on private finance and facilities management projects after merger talks collapsed just before Christmas. The deal is thought to have foundered because of its size and differences over senior appointments. A spokesman for Bovis parent company P&O claimed the fee contractor is not for sale, but will look for acquisitions in facilities management to complement its construction management operation.

Tarmac is considering selling its contracting business following the collapse of merger talks with Aggregate Industries. Had the merger gone ahead the contracting arm was expected to be sold, leaving the new group with an expanded aggregates operation.

Plans for the A303 Stonehenge and Winterbourne Stoke bypasses are to be put on display at Amesbury by English Heritage and the Highways Agency. The exhibition is open to the public on 15 and 16 January, and 13,000 consultation brochures are to be distributed.

Westinghouse Signals has been appointed contractor for design, installation and commissioning of £6M resignalling works at Ashford, Kent for Union Railways. The project will provide increased signalling capacity, facilitating civils work on the new CTRL line north of the station.

The Environment Agency's flood defence strategy for Sussex has been sunk by a £120,000 cut in funding from the Sussex Flood Defence Committee.

The Severn Bridges visitor centre was opened before Christmas by minister for roads Lord Whitty and the Welsh roads minister Peter Hain. The display features interactive three dimensional models explaining how the bridges were built. Entrance fees are £1.25 for adults and 65p for children.

Businesswoman of the Year is being sought by the Veuve Clicquot Award. According to the organisers, 'unsung heroines' should be willing to become industry spokeswomen and 'give inspiration to the next generation of managers'. Nominations to Moira Collins on 0171 235 8020.

Heathrow Terminal 5 project director Norman Haste finally got some good news at NCE's Christmas drinks party when he won two Eurostar tickets to Paris, donated by Scott Wilson, in the annual fund raising competition. Combined with NCE's traditional tombola, it raised more than £1,000 for the Hornsey Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

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