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HANSON INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES BRIDGE CONTRACT AWARDED TO TIDEWATER CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION

 NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Hanson Industries, the US arm of Hanson PLC (NYSE: HAN) announced today that Tidewater Construction Corporation, an operating subsidiary of Hanson's Spectrum Construction Group, has been awarded a contract by the Virginia Department of Transportation for $72.7 million for the replacement of the George P. Coleman Bridge, an existing 3800-foot double leaf swing span bridge over the York River in historic Yorktown, Virginia.
 The bridge was originally constructed in 1952, when it held the record for the longest swing span in the United States. The net effect of the replacement will be to widen the roadway from forty feet to eighty feet. The contract requires that the six truss sections be replaced during two 12-day outages, an exacting and ambitious engineering accomplishment. The work is scheduled to be completed by August 1, 1996.
 Spectrum Construction Group's subsidiaries have annual revenues of $500 million from infrastructure and industrial construction. Tidewater Construction Corporation, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a major contractor to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Transportation. Spectrum Construction Group is part of Hanson's Beazer USA unit.
 Hanson PLC is a British-American industrial management corporation. In the US, Hanson Industries' operations include Peabody Holding Company, Quantum Chemical, Suburban Propane, SCM Chemicals, Cavenham Forest Industries, Beazer, Grove Crane, Jacuzzi Whirlpool Baths, Tommy Armour Golf, and Hanson Office Products, among others.
 In the United Kingdom, Hanson's holdings include Imperial Tobacco, ARC Aggregates, London Brick, Butterley Brick, Beazer Homes and Smith Meters.
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 /CONTACT: Mickey Foster of Hanson Industries, 908-603-6977/
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