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WSP buys Australian consultant

03/06/2014: WSP is forming a new structural, civil and facade consultancy arm in the Asia Pacific Region with the acquisition of Australia-based Winward. more »

Saudi Arabia plans £58bn rail spend

03/06/2014: The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) is working on a SR365bn (£58bn) strategic plan for developing the railway network and linking the country's provinces. more »

Atkins team signs Tennessee power station contract

03/06/2014: Atkins is part of the winning team picked for engineering, design and construction support services at Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal and gas power stations. more »

Buro Happold consortium picked for Abu Dhabi airport

03/06/2014: A consortium of Pascall+Watson, RS&H and Buro Happold has won a place on an architectural and engineering framework for Abu Dhabi’s airport and been awarded its first task. more »

CRH subsidiaries face €98m Swiss fine

01/06/2014: Three subsidiaries of CRH are among Swiss suppliers of bathroom fittings facing fines in relation to alleged infringement of competition law. more »

Drake & Scull wins work at Jordanian resort

01/06/2014: Drake & Scull Engineering (DSE) is to build a district cooling plant and undertake engineering work for four hotels and 12 villas the Saraya Aqaba Resort in Jordan. more »

Preferred team named for Saskatchewan sewage plant PPP

30/05/2014: Regina in Canada has picked Epcor Saskatchewan Water Partners as the preferred bidder to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the city’s new sewage treatment plant. more »

Queensland launches initiative to shape future construction

30/05/2014: Australia’s Queensland government has signed up 75 business leaders for the first stage of a new initiative to shape the future of the state’s construction industry. more »

Atkins picked for Shanghai trade centre

30/05/2014: Atkins has won a contract as masterplanner for the development of a RMB 4.8bn (£465m) new exhibition centre in Shanghai’s new Hongqiao Central Business District (CBD). more »

Tourists panic as cracks appear in 400m-high glass walkway

30/05/2014: A family visiting a viewing deck at the top of Chicago's tallest tower had a terrifying experience this week when the glass floor that was the only thing between them and the ground, 400 metres below, appeared to crack. more »

Singapore awards civils work for four metro stations

29/05/2014: Singapore’s Land Transport Authority has awarded civils contracts for the construction of four metro stations with a total value of about S$1.13bn (£527m). more »

Hong Kong rail delay triggers $10bn in claims

29/05/2014: Delays in starting Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link works projects have resulted in substantiated claims of about HK$10.756bn (£827m). more »

Habtoor Leighton wins contract at Dubai’s ‘Jewel of the Creek’

29/05/2014: Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has won a AED1.45bn (£235m) contract to deliver part of the Jewel of the Creek project in Port Saeed, Dubai. more »

Vinci and Hochtief land €255m Slovakian motorway deal

28/05/2014: A Vinci-led consortium has won a €255m (£213m) contract to build a new section of the D3 motorway in Slovakia. more »

Brentford supplier finds new market in the Falklands

28/05/2014: The Brentford branch of groundwork and civil engineering distributor Rudridge has expanded its supply area far beyond London to include a delivery 8,000 miles away in the Falkland Islands. more »

Mott MacDonald lands design role on $2.9bn NZ rail link

28/05/2014: A team that includes Mott MacDonald has been appointed to undertake the reference design for the NZ$2.86bn (£1.45bn) upgrade of the City Rail Link (CRL) in Auckland, New Zealand. more »

Average value of construction disputes rises to US$32m

28/05/2014: New research from Arcadis has found that disputes relating to major global construction projects increased in value to an average of US$32.1m (£19.1m) in 2013 from US$31.7m in 2012. more »

China set to adopt UK’s green construction standards

27/05/2014: Buildings in China could be built to British green construction standards boosting the UK supply chain by £200m, business secretary Vince Cable has announced. more »

Six teams bid for €500m Fehmarnbelt M&E contract

27/05/2014: Six international contractor consortia have submitted applications to prequalify for work on the mechanical and elecrical installations in the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel, which will link Denmark and Germany. more »

New world record for tallest Lego tower

27/05/2014: The world record for the tallest Lego tower was beaten at the weekend when a team of Hungarian schoolchildren and official Lego builders from Denmark created a 34.76m-tall structure in the centre of Budapest, Hungary. more »

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