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In Brief

National Construction Week 1998 will take place on 5-11 October, the Construction Industry Board announced this week. The UK-wide event, aimed at promoting the construction industry, was held for the first time last year. It was such a success it is being repeated, claimed CIB.

Four new halls at the National Exhibition Centre are due to be topped out today, 29 January. John Laing Construction (Midlands Region) has under taken the £65M contract to provide an extra 30,000m2 of space at the venue.

English Partnerships this week awarded contractor Edmund Nuttall a £13.3M contract to develop the Greenwich peninsula. Work involves ground remediation and preliminary civil infrastructure works for a 26ha site, forming part of the overall regeneration of the area.

Roads minister Helene Hayman was showing signs of strain this week. Asked how the roads review was going the usually bubbly Baroness told NCE: 'I never want to do this again in my life.'

A joint venture comprising Miller Civil Engineering and Birse Construction has won a £50M plus contract for Yorkshire Water's Hull area wastewater treatment scheme. The flow transfer contract should be completed in 2000.

Successful, innovative engineering projects which benefit society are sought by the Royal Academy of Engineering for its 1998 MacRobert Award gold medal. Top prize is £50,000. Information from Alexandra Bryans, tel: (0171) 227 0506.

Birkenhead is to have a new roll-on roll-off ferry terminal, Transport Minister Glenda Jackson announced last week. The project will increase capacity on sea routes between the Mersey and Ireland and also help regenerate redundant dockland.

Contractor Harbour & General is considering total prefabrication of the £12M 'opening eyelid' Millennium footbridge over the River Tyne following its appointment last week as preferred bidder for the two year contract. The all steel structure could then be barged up river to its Newcastle site.

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