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Monumental support

The Construction Tower was boosted this week when the four Robert Benaim & Associates companies in London, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong all signed up as sponsors for the project.

Benaim's support, coinciding with the firm's tenth anniversary, is the biggest single contribution from industry to the project and takes the list well on the way to the 100 sponsors needed for the tower to be built in time for Civils 98. Scott Wilson has also just promised to become a £500 sponsor for the steel and glass tower which is planned by Emap Construct as a monument to the UK construction industry at the National Exhibition Centre.

Designers of the tower are Sutherland Hussey Architects, sculptor Adam Sutherland and engineers Tim Macfarlane of Dewhurst Macfarlane and Ian MacGillivray of Blyth and Blyth.

An exhibition telling the story of the competition winning design for the tower, its site and the sponsors was mounted yesterday at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. The exhibition, in the foyer at 1 Great George Street, will run until 31 January and is open Monday to Friday 9.15am to 5.50pm.

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