A delegation from the UK construction industry has returned from a visit to earthquake torn Turkey. The delegation included representatives from Balfour Beatty; AMEC Civil Engineering; Taylor Woodrow Construction; Ove Arup & Partners; and Brown & Root.

UK construction minister Nick Raynsford said, "The problems in Adapazari are particularly acute." He noted that 500km of the 700km of water and sewage pipelines had been damaged.

The cost for reconstruction is estimated at $4-6bn, the most urgent need being for homes and infrastructure.

Turkey has been identified as a campaign market by British Trade International and, with International arbitration about to be accepted, construction is seen as an important growth sector. Several major construction projects, including the $2.6bn Bosphorus tunnel, are now expected to proceed.