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12May94 UK: JACKERS JOURNAL - A NOT TOO STRAIGHTFORWARD CONTRACT.

My picture this week shows a Hall and Tawse worker having a brief pause on what was meant to be a straightforward contract.The contract is one of those distressingly commonplace deals, whereby an old public house, the Horse and Groom in Nottingham, was to be converted into a much less socially useful function, a building society office. The work included some investigation of the pub cellars, which had presumably been used quite satisfactorily for storing beer barrels over the years.Anyway, down into the cellar went Hall and Tawse. And down. And down. The investigation has tapped into a complex of caves, and 7 m below the original basement level, workers have found yet further depths, with the discovery of three wells.Hall and Tawse says rather plaintively that it hopes to be back on course with the 31-week contract as soon as possible - just as soon as it has reached terra firma. CONSTRUCTION NEWS