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WSP has brought US-based structural engineering practice Cantor Seinuk Group for £7.5M. It is hoped the deal will give it access to the tall buildings market.

Hyder Consulting has won two design contracts on the 350km long Taiwan High Speed Rail project from Taipei to Kaohsiung. The contracts cover 45km of track, 14 new viaducts and bridges and 14.6km of tunnels.

MJ Gleeson Group will partner Yorkshire Water Services on its latest asset management programme.

Gleeson's team, which includes Montgomery Watson Consulting Engineers, Johnston Construction, Peter Duffy and Bradford municipal drainage department, will deliver waste water schemes of £2M or under in the western area in a deal estimated to be worth £75M.

The Health & Safety Commission has outlined a 30% cut in work-related ill health in a new governmentbacked strategy document, Securing health together. The HSE claims the scheme will lead to savings of £20bn over the next 10 years. Copies can be ordered free online at www. hsebooks. co. uk, or contact (01787) 881165.

Amec, Bovis Lend Lease, Hochtief and Skanska are launching a global internet based trading system aimed at helping construction firms bid for work and share information.

The global system is expected to dovetail with regional networks, like that being developed for the UK by Amec, Bovis Lend Lease, Balfour Beatty and Kvaerner.

In last weeks story, 'Ofwat seriously underestimates investment needs', Chris Binnie was quoted as saying burst rates are 30 % worse. NCE did not make it clear that Binnie was referring to one particular water company. NCE apologises for any confusion caused.

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