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in brief

A civil engineer and would-be Romeo was branded 'boring' by Cilla Black, hostess of TV game show Blind Date. The matriarch of television romance was unavailable to comment on her remark, broadcast last Saturday but a London Weekend Television spokeswoman said that it was 'a quip, simply made in jest.'

Binnie Black & Veatch's American parent Black & Veatch is to transform itself from a partnership to a company from January 1. The move will enable the US company, and eventually foreign subsidiaries, to raise capital through an employee share scheme.

Transport minister John Reid has given the go-ahead for the 167M privately financed construction of the Nottingham Express Transit light rail system. The Arrow Consortium (Tarmac/Adtranz/Transdev/Nottingham City Transport) will now negotiate final contract terms.

Scottish Transport minister Calum MacDonald announced that the government wants to build a third Forth road bridge 2km upstream

from the existing Kincardine Bridge, which will be refurbished.

Fibrogen is seeking an Environment Agency licence to burn meat and bone meal at its Glanford Power station. The proposal does not include incineration of meat products suspected of being contaminated by BSE.

The British Consultants Bureau this week won the Pathfinder of the Year award at the 1998 Export Times Exporter of the Year Awards.

Infrastructure output during the third quarter of 1998 was 11% down on the figure for the same period last year, according to figures

published by the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions this week.

Southampton Football Club is seeking planning permission for a new 20M stadium with seating capacity for 30,000 spectators on a brownfield site in the St Mary's area of the city.

Price is still the main criteria for choosing contractors and consultants, according to research published last week by Weybridge

based Procurement & Partnering Services.

Kvaerner Trollope & Colls has won a 44M contract to build a 12 storey office block for Prudential Assurance at Holborn Viaduct in

London.

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