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News In Brief

Aecom wins major Hong Kong work; Controversial German bridge opens; Researchers set to work on Pompeii protection

Aecom wins Hong Kong tunnel job
Consultant Aecom has been appointed designer for the cross-harbour tunnel for Hong Kong’s Shatin to Central Link. The design and build rail project for MTR Corporation includes 1.4km of immersed tube tunnel, a 280m section of cut and cover tunnel at its southern end and a 200m cut and cover section at its northern end. Completion is scheduled for 2020.

Farrans in Liverpool port upgrade
Peel Ports has appointed Farrans Construction to upgrade Gladstone Lock and adjacent quayside infrastructure at the Port of Liverpool. The upgrade includes new fendering around the Gladstone Lock port entry and construction of a new quay wall. The upgrade comes ahead of the launch of the port’s deep water container terminal Liverpool2, which will double container capacity by 2015.

Controversial German bridge opens
A controversial bridge that caused UN heritage body Unesco to strip Dresden of its World Heritage Site status has opened in the German city. The four-lane structure over the River Elbe has now formally opened to traffic. Its design caused Unesco to downgrade the city in 2009.

Pompeii protection plans examined
Researchers from the Technical University of Munich are to carry out a 10-year project to examine ways to protect Roman remains in Pompeii, Italy. The work will investigate long-term solutions to protect the Unesco World Heritage Site. Seismic studies, aerial and ground surveys and drainage will all be considered as well as traditional building techniques and materials.

O’Rourke joins High Speed 2 taskforce
Laing O’Rourke chairman Ray O’Rourke has joined Lord Deighton’s High Speed 2 Growth Taskforce which aims to ensure the project maximises its economic benefits. “Transformation is never cheap, but the more money we can send straight back into the British economy, the better,” said O’Rourke. “For its part, the Taskforce will be doing all it can to help British businesses, including smaller firms, get a slice of the action.

Last Chance to enter Graduate awards
Graduates who want to prove their abilities as civil engineers have only one week left to enter NCE’s Graduate Awards. Visit: for details. The competition rewards the brightest graduates with a £4,000 prize pot and lots of CV boosting opportunities.

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