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Fourteen consultants have won five year framework contracts with the Highways Agency to deliver road improvements. Winning firms for the 23 contracts covering the Midlands, Northern, South West and South East include WS Atkins with three; Parsons Brinckerhoff, Pell Frischmann, Brown & Root, Parkman, Hyder, Bullen and WSP with two and White Young Green, Scott Wilson, Arup Transport, Capita DBS, Mouchel, and Mott MacDonald with one each.

Winners will work on schemes from the Agency's 48 strong Targeted Programme of Improvements, 580km of motorway widening and 30 bypasses. The arrangement cuts out time consuming and costly tendering.

The planned £90M upgrade of London Underground's Wembley Park station could be scaled down if the government withdraws backing for the national stadium project nearby, London mayor Ken Livingstone warned last week. It decides next month whether to back Wembley or a new site at Solihull as the national football stadium.

The huge scale and complexity of civil engineering projects makes it too 'complex and difficult' to develop performance criteria for measuring environmental impact said architect Rab Bennetts, who has headed the 18 month project to draw up sustainability key performance indicators for the government backed Rethinking construction.

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