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In brief

Ove Arup has appointed Haswell as tunnelling sub-consultant on the Nam Wan tunnel in Hong Kong. The tunnel forms part of the 7.8km route 9 from Tsing Yi and West Kowloon to the new airport at Chek Lap Kok.

The Mowlem and Nishimatsu-led consortium bidding for the £1.8bn design and build Holland High Speed Line civils package has appointed a joint venture of Maunsell and Dutch firm Grontmij to carry out design.

Interim results for Waterman Partnership Holdings show pre-tax profits are up 57% on last year, to £1.13M.

Balfour Beatty parent company BICC Group profit before tax was down 36% on last year to £70M. But the engineering, construction and maintenance division made 30% improvements, turning in a pre-tax profit of £69M on £2.2bn turnover.

Eurotunnel turnover last year was £666M, giving an operating profit of £184M compared to £57M last year.

Los Angeles Metro client MTA and contracting joint venture SKK have dropped multi-million pound law-suits against one another which followed the 1995 tunnel collapse in Hollywood Boulevard. SKK sued for £80M after MTA terminated its contract. MTA counter-sued for £100M in damages and loss of time. SKK has walked away with an estimated £100M.

The first car was driven through the 8km 0resund Tunnel from Kastrup, Denmark, to the bridge abutment at Peterholm on Tuesday to celebrate completion of casting work.

The Construction Solutions IT exhibition has been cancelled for this year and instead moved to run alongside Interbuild 2000 and Civils 2000 in May next year. This will create the best platform for IT companies to meet their target audience, said organiser Emap Montgomery.

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