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In Brief

WS Atkins is reorganising to create three new national business streams in transport, property and management and industry. The changes will take effect from 1 April and will create a number of key new appointments.

Maunsell has been appointed designer for the £1.8 bn civil works for the Holland High Speed Line between Amsterdam and Antwerp in joint venture with Dutch consultant Grontmij.

Construction companies should clean up their act to encourage more women into the industry, Nick Raynsford said this week at the Women in Construction conference in London. He claimed women were put off construction by the industry's male dominated culture and poor safety record.

Hyder is to design the £19M Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Causeway Bridge in Bahrain. The 404m long crossing will include a 120m bow string arch structure and will carry a three lane dual carriageway between the capital Manama and the island of Muharraq. Invitations to tender have been issued.

Jarvis has been appointed preferred bidder under a £10M PFI scheme to design, build and manage a new six-storey office for North Wiltshire District Council. Construction is expected to start in the summer with completion in December 2000.

Gary Sanderson, a principal engineer with the Babtie Group in Glasgow, was named Young Consulting Engineer of the Year at the ACE annual dinner in London this week. Sanderson stole the prize for his paper 'The changing profession - a personal perception'.

Norwest Holst has announced an after tax profit of £6.3M for 1998, up 15% on 1997. The company's turnover increased by 10% to £313M.

Amey Highways has been awarded more than £70M of infrastructure management contracts by the Highways Agency and local authorities. The four contracts are the Agency's area 13 in Lincolnshire, area 24 in West London, North Somerset Unitary Authority roads and Exeter City Council roads.

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