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Future reconstruction needs in war-ravaged Serbia have been investigated during a visit by a small group of British construction firms,co-ordinated by the British Consultants Bureau. BCB emphasised that the three day tour was not sponsored by the British Government nor did the group contact the Milosevic regime. The mood among numerous Serbian private sector firms was surprisingly friendly, the group says - and there is scope for helping particularly with more complex engineering reconstruction tasks if the trade embargo is lifted.

The collapse of a four storey office building in Ashford, Middlesex, which killed four construction workers in 1995, was caused by errors made by the original builder, a High Court judge ruled this week. The widow of one of the men killed was awarded damages of £200,000 plus interest and costs. Relatives of the other men are also clear to pursue claims against EP Wickens and Sons, which is now in receivership.

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