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'If the corporate sponsorship turns out to be a few million short, Gordon Brown will just write a cheque for the difference. On 2 January 2000 no-one will even remember.' 'A Labour insider' on news that the government has still failed to secure any City sponsorship for the Millennium Dome. IoS, 16.8.98

'There will be more and better ways of communicating, so that if we want to get through to someone, we'll be able to use the post or e-mail or fax or telephone or video-conferencing or a telepathway, whatever that is. And we'll continue to ignore all of these and keep people in the dark until something goes horribly wrong. Having more means of communication is like getting married and acquiring a load of in-laws: the possibilities of communication are increased, but it doesn't mean you talk to any of them.' Guy Browning on the future of the office. Guardian, 15.8.98

'For an appropriate monument to Thatcherism, you need look no further. Stirling's set-piece - part Valley of the Kings, part hms Ark Royal, topped off with carved stone shoulder pads - could serve as The Lady's sepulchre.' Charles Darwent on No 1 Poultry. Guardian, 15.8.98

'. . . a city that is sacrificing civic order for a mess of corporate culture . . . a paradigm of New Britain plc.' Jonathan Glancey on festival- hosting Edinburgh. Guardian, 10.8.98

'What we're getting is a kind of north-of-the-border Croydon.' An Edinburgh architect. Ibid.

vital statistics

2.6 million people visited the Tower of London last year, compared with 1.6 million to Canterbury Cathedral, 1.1 million to Windsor Castle, 964,737 to St Paul's, 772,963 to Stonehenge. Of the free admission sites, Westminster Abbey was the most popular, with 2.5 million, followed by York Minster with 2 million and Chester Cathedral with 1 million.

There are 368,227 listed buildings in England, 8672 of them Grade I. There are also 8724 conservation areas, 17,351 Scheduled Ancient Monuments, and 9,348 hotels of historic interest, according to the English Tourist Board.

Committed space under construction in Central London has doubled in the last quarter, says a report from Hillier Parker. At the end of the second quarter this year developments under construction total 759,100m2, and 900,000m2 of office space is being marketed in Central London, an availability rate of 5.4 per cent.

Housebuilding is slowing down. 15,500 dwellings were started in the uk in June, compared with 16,700 in June 1997. Completions numbered 15,700 compared with 16,800 in the previous year.

The volume of all new construction orders for the second quarter of 1998 has dropped four per cent from the 'particularly strong' preceding quarter, according to the detr. It is unchanged from the first quarter of last year, however. In current prices the total value of new orders in June was £2175 million.

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