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WSP wins keystructural role on Freedom Tower

CONSULTANT WSP said this week that it has been appointed structural designer for Manhattan's £1.2bn Freedom Tower, at the site of the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

WSP Cantor Seinuck is designing the 541m tall building for developer Silverstein Properties. The consultant's contract is worth £4M and construction will be completed in 2009.

'We are well on with the design and have been waiting for permission to announce that we have been appointed as structural designer, ' said WSP chief executive Chris Cole.

Cole was speaking as the consultant released its interim results for the six months to the end of June 2004.

WSP confirmed that the design has now been finalised following disagreements over the scope of the development between Silverstein and other New York interest groups.

Announcing its annual results WSP said its group turnover for the first half of the year was £150.5M, compared to £142M last year. Pre-tax profit increased to £4M from £3.5M.

'We are seeing an emergence of activity in commercial markets led by America, the situation is definitely improving from every barometer and we have several early appointments on major schemes, ' said Cole Turnover in the US rose from £13.4M in 2003 to £14M and operating profits have grown from just £677,000 in 2003 to £685,000 this year.

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