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Houses to be built from compressed soil blocks   (13/6/06)
US company EarthBlock Technologies is about to start construction on two houses in Midland, Texas, which will be built using the company’s pioneering compressed soil block system.
Warsaw Metro gets 1.5km cut and cover extension   (12/6/06)
ACCIONA Infrastructure, the Polish market focused division of Spanish contractor ACCIONA, in consortium with subsidiary Mostostal Warszawa, has signed a contract with Warsaw Underground to build two new underground stations and 1.5km of twin track cut and cover tunnel for Warsaw Metro.
Bouygues to build Bangkok’s tallest residential towers   (11/6/06)
Bouygues-Thai, a subsidiary of Frances Bouygues Construction, is to build the three tallest residential towers in Bangkok under a Euro 73 million contract awarded by Pebble Bay Co, subsidiary of Singapore developer HPL Properties Ltd.
UK construction boom prompts skills fears   (10/6/06)
The UK’s Construction Skills Network report 2006, published by ConstructionSkills, forecasts that 348,000 more employees will be needed for the construction industry by 2010 to meet expected demand – an average of 87,000 new recruits per year.
Bouygues buys into Czech construction market   (10/6/06)
France’s Bouygues Bâtiment International, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has acquired a majority stake in VCES, a significant player in the building and civil works market in the Czech Republic.
EC authorises State guarantee for Irish infrastructure   (10/6/06)
The European Commission has this week decided that the State guarantee which Ireland grants to Coràs Iompair Eirann, the Irish transportation board, for the financing of new rail infrastructure, does not constitute State aid.
Cement producers consolidate   (9/6/06)
Spain’s Cementos Portland Valderrivas (CPV), a subsidiary of FCC, has completed the acquisition of 51% of Uniland for Euro 1.092 billion.
Working Time opt out negotiations flaunder   (9/6/06)
EU negotiations on the Working Time Directive, which attempts to limit the number of hours people can work in a week, have broken down without agreement on the controversial national opt out.
Olympics may delay motorway widening   (9/6/06)
Britain’s Highways Agency (HA) has been advised to delay the roll-out of its 30-year, £4.5bn M25 widening scheme for up to two years owing to concerns over resources and rising construction costs during the delivery of infrastructure for the Games.
Vinci chairman resigns   (8/6/06)
Vinci chairman Antoine Zacharias has resigned “in the best interests of the company and to put an end to the troubles within its management team”.