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A £14M upgrade to the existing footbridge on the upstream side of the Cannon railway bridge across the Thames between Bankside and the City received planning permission last week. To be named the Jubilee Bridge in honour of the Queen's golden jubilee next year, the crossing will be the first covered footbridge across the Thames and is expected to attract more than 3M pedestrians a year.

HBG Construction has been selected as preferred bidder by the Cheshire Police Authority to build and finance the new £32M police headquarters and training centre complex in Winsford. Consulting engineer is URS Thorburn Colqhoun, architect Percy Thomas Partnerships, and quantity surveyor is Turner & Townsend.

Sterling's continued strength against European currencies is putting heavy pressure on UK building material manufacturers, according to a report from specialist management consultancy Leading Edge.

Imports of bricks, aggregates, doors and windows, plasterboard, slate and concrete roof tiles jumped by up to 90% in the fourth quarter of 2000 compared to the same period in 1999.

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