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Strong order book at Costain

Construction firm Costain said yesterday its forward order book rose to a record high in the first half of the year, thanks to significant new contract wins. The firm’s forward order book currently stands at £2.4bn, 20 per cent above this time last year. Costain won a number of new contracts over the period, including a £397m contract for the Greater Manchester waste disposal authority and a £400m 10-year contract with Severn Trent.