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Balfour Beatty last week won a five year £110M partnering contract with Durham County Council engineering services, along with Cumbrian Industrials and Ringway.

Private financing for NHS hospitals could soon be forced to count as public spending if private sector contractors are not made to absorb more risk on projects, the government was warned this week. The message came in a report produced by accountant Ernst & Young.

Secretary of State for Transport Alistair Darling last week unveiled 92 highway improvement schemes, worth £145M, that will be targeted over the next five years to tackle congestion.

Costain has recruited Jean Wright a senior healthcare professional to act as the 'interface' between the company and the National Health Service. Wright was project director for the privately financed reconstruction of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

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