Costain links with Severn Trent

Engineering group Costain said yesterday it had a strong order book and was trading in line for the full year while securing a joint venture with Severn Trent. The company said its forward order book currently stands at £2.4bn compared to £2.3bn the same time a year earlier. The joint venture with Severn Trent will provide business water and waste water management services to commercial and industrial water users.