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05May94 UK: JACKER'S JOURNAL - FEDERATION OF CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACTORS.

The Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors celebrates its 75th anniversary next week. Happy birthday, FCEC.Actually, the FCEC, which has a familiarly euphonious ring to it, nearly wasn't the FCEC at all. The latest issue of the members' newsletter revealed that the original meeting of 35 contractors in May 1919 was split on the topic of a name.Various of the worthies voted for the Federation of Contractors for Public Works, which is, I suppose, not unreasonable, since they could not have been expected to anticipate the moves, 75 years on, towards private finance.Others, though, preferred the Federation of Contractors for Docks, Railways and Other Public Works - which would have created the unlovely acronym FCDR and OPW. Fortunately, wiser counsels prevailed, and the FCEC it was. CONSTRUCTION NEWS