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The Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has set up a new body to advise on managing the UK's growing mountain of hazardous waste. Fears are that disposing of the 5.2Mt of hazardous waste produced each year will become increasingly difficult as the European Union's Landfill Directive bites from 2004.

Morrison Construction has won a £14M contract to design and build a new nine-storey teaching facility at the University of Westminster.

Work is now underway with the demolition of an existing building on the site, close to the BT Tower.

A £6.43M prototype wood chip fuel energy plant in Castle Cary, Somerset is to receive more than £2M of government funding. The plant will generate 2.5MW of electricity, enough to power 2,500 homes.

Fire damaged structures at the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town had still not been fully inspected by structural engineers as NCE went to press. The blaze, which broke out last Saturday evening, gutted ten 18th Century buildings linking the Cowgate with South Bridge above. A spokesperson for Edinburgh City Council said there was no indication that any serious damage had occurred to the Bridge itself.

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