The winner of NCE's recruitment competition was Bekki Morgan, a graduate civil engineer from Brown & Root. She wins an iMac laptop computer provided by sponsor Hays Montrose. The three questions and answers were:
Which was the only UK consultant chosen by Railtrack as a programme manager? Mott MacDonald
What is the name of the water industry regulator? Ofwat
What did Tarmac Construction change its name to? Carillion
Fifty eight per cent of Association of Consulting Engineer members oppose the UK joining the Euro, a survey has shown. Some 10% were in favour and 26% said they would agree to it if economic conditions were right.
Railtrack and four contractors are to use a unique alliancing arrangement for the West Anglia Route Modernisation, a two-stage signalling and lineside equipment renewal project for the Stansted airport line. The £27.3M agreement is with Amec Spie Rail, GrantRail, Alfred McAlpine Rail and Westinghouse Signals.
Construction is due to start shortly on the £330M doughnut building for the electronic spy centre GCHQ in Cheltenham. A £400M bond will be floated by Integrated Accommodation Services to finance construction.
Norwest Holst has bought Simplex Piling to add to its Soil Engineering Company. The Chingford-based firm specialises in driven precast, and bored pile and CFA methods.
Laing chief executive Paul Whitmore has stepped down 'to pursue other challenges' after 26 years with the company. He is to be replaced by 48 year old Brian May who joins from John Mowlem, where he was managing director of building operations.