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The 10th anniversary of the closure to the public of Italy's famous leaning tower of Pisa was this week celebrated with confirmation of funding to enable the stabilisation work to be completed by the end of the year. The work, being masterminded by Professor John Burland of London's Imperial College, should enable the public to climb the tower by the middle of 2001.

Who will be consultant of the year 2000? Questionnaires have now gone out for entry into NCE's next ConsultantsFile and the information provided will help us determine which have been the most successful companies of the last 12 months. The file is the most comprehensive survey of UK consultants and an invaluable guide to clients. Make sure you are in it. For a questionnaire contact Jody Hardy on (020) 7505 6808. To advertise call Deborah Button or Ben Chivers (020) 7505 6801/2.

NCE is looking for volunteers to boost the numbers taking part in the NCE 200 and regular vox pop to 300 people. If you want to join in pleasee-mail jackiew@construct.

A survey carried out by Sypol Liberty Risk Services indicates there is an increasing number of vacancies and a genuine skills shortage within the health & safety profession. Is it estimated that 30% percent of vacancies are within the construction industry.

The Government has given clearance to a proposal by Scottish Power to build a combined heat and power station at Hythe, Hampshire. In addition it has put a proposal by Scottish and Southern Energy to build a new gas- fired power station at Avonmouth on hold.

Gibb has been awarded the contract to engineer the safety case and design the upgrading of 10 Dock at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth.

The British Standards Institution has announced the availability of British Standard BS 5930. A code of practice that deals with site investigations. The standard supersedes BS5931.

The Engineering Council's Young Engineer for Britain 2000 competition has been launched. Young people at school, college or undergoing training are eligible for entry. Phone 020 7204 7891.

The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents is focusing on the construction sector this year with the RoSPA 2000 Occupational Health and Safety Awards. Phone 0121 248 2000.

Contrary to last week's report the Silent Road Campaign has been launched to promote the use of noise-reducing asphalts.

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