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NEWS IN BRIEF

NEWS

The Irish civil and electrical engineering sectors are expected to grow at around 16%, according to the Irish government's annual review of construction. Other sectors of the construction industry will grow at 6%, just half the average rate of growth since 1994. Overall construction spending is expected to reach a record IR£15bn (£12bn) this year, making output per capita the highest in the European Union.

Kennedy, the utility services business owned by contractor Alfred McAlpine has won a £50M, five year framework contract with West of Scotland Water. Work includes rehabilitation of the distribution network.

The Department of Environment Food & Rural Affairs is this week launching a consultation on implementation of the aggregates tax.

www. defra. gov. uk Derbyshire County Council is consulting on plans for a £180M regeneration of the area surrounding the former Markham colliery, next to the M1. The scheme will require construction of a new junction and improvements to the local road network.

www. derbyshire. gov. uk

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