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The Loss Prevention Council, which tests and certifies for fire, security and loss prevention, has been bought by the Building Research Establishment. BRE will provide purpose built facilities for the LPC staff at its Garston headquarters.

Environmental performance of concrete and concrete products can be assessed with tools developed by a two year study led by the British Cement Association for the Concrete Industry Alliance. The £118,000 study is supported by the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions.

Details: Iparrott@bca.org.uk

Better use of road space through stringent enforcement of waiting and loading restrictions, as well as advance driver information systems, could fill a major shortfall in London's transport needs over the next decade, according to consultant WSP in a seminar to London's mayoral candidates. The mayor will have £350M per annum to spend and can raise £200M from congestion charges. Better use of the network and roads in particular, it said, could cover the £600-700M deficit over the next ten years.

A UK Noise Association was launched yesterday with International Noise Awareness Day. The body is supported by various anti-noise campaigning organisations, including HACAN ClearSkies, against aircraft noise, the Noise Network, the Refined Bitumen Association (for quieter roads) and the Council for the Protection of Rural England. It will press the Government for a noise strategy.

The service depot for the new Virgin Rail tilting trains on the West Coast Main Line is to be designed by consultant Gibb. The £30M Central Rivers facility will be built on a 12ha site at Barton-under-Needwood near Burton-on-Trent and will include a 20,000m3 main building for heavy maintenance and component exchange on the trains.

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