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The alternative year in pictures

2005 REVIEW

Mowlem realised it was in trouble at Bath Spa after doubts were raised about water quality during the first test run

Companies taking part in John Prescott's competition to build a £60,000 house resorted to ever more desperate measures to make their designs attractive

As news spreads of huge money to be made by chippies, plumbers and brickies, white collar workers gave up their old careers to retrain for a life on site

Workers at Heathrow's Terminal 5 decided to treat their wives after another threatened strike led to a successful round of pay talks

Wembley builder Multiplex flooded the job with extra labour in a desperate attempt to get the stadium finished on time

Cleveland Bridge and Multiplex's attempt to settle their Wembley row out of court was doomed to failure.