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In brief

The HSE's prosecution of Balfour Beatty and Austrian consultant Geoconsult over the 1994 Heathrow Express tunnel collapse began at the Old Bailey yesterday.

The Scottish Office has commissioned Oscar Faber to review public transport access to the new Scottish parliament at Holyrood in Edinburgh. The area already has more than 500,000 visitors a year.

Welsh flood defence committees are fighting a £361,000 increase in the flood defence levy set by the Environment Agency. The local authorities argue that key schemes will have to be shelved as a result of the increase, which is needed to pay for Agency service improvements required following the Bye Report into last year's Easter floods.

The Tarmac-led Hospital Company consortium has won a £100M contract to design, build, finance and operate Britain's second major PFI hospital. The Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon is due to open in 2002.

A Hyder, Laing and Tarmac consortium has won the first PFI contract for a trunk road in Wales. UK Highways was awarded the £100M, 30 year contract to design, build, maintain and operate the A55 through Anglesey by the Welsh Office. Enabling work has already started.

The HSE is investigating a rockfall that killed the site foreman at the McAlpine-owned Penrhyn slate quarry in North Wales on Sunday. Site foreman Ron Cyster, 56, was guiding a worker from the quarry face following an earlier blasting operation when slate became dislodged above him.

The ICE has challenged children aged five to seven to paint a picture illustrating how they think engineers help improve our lives. The closing date for entries is 26 March. Details from the ICE.

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