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Paddington project contract won by Symonds Group

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Symonds Group has won the project management contract for the £40M Paddington long-term vehicular access project. The work will replace Bishop's bridge, which spans Paddington station, and revamp the road layout to improve the traffic flows to and from the Heathrow Express terminal.

WS Atkins managing director David James is to step down from the board to pursue other interests. James has been a director since flotation in 1995 and has overseen much of Atkins' recent growth in road, rail and overseas projects.

Proposals for four new rail stations on the Tamworth/ Nuneaton-Birmingham line are being studied by Oscar Faber. Warwicksire County Council has commissioned the work which will form part of the re-negotiated Central Trains franchise.

Trimble Navigation, a leading surveying and optical scientific equipment manufacturer, is to buy Spectra Precision, a US rival in the global positioning system market, for £175M.

A Best Practice club for construction has been launched this week in Hampshire under the wing of the National Construction Best Practice Programme. The club, started by Barry Grimes of Ballast Wiltshier, aimsto bring Hampshire-based engineers, contractors and clients together to exchange ideas.

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