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'The architecture of the Jubilee Line Extension is a national triumph of which we should be proud. London Underground should get the credit for letting it happen - Frank Pick would be proud. And for Roland Paoletti? Why not the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture?' Kenneth Powell. Sunday Telegraph, 6.9.98

'I am the world champion of lost competitions.' Jean Nouvel. The Times, 3.9.98

'a building to be compared with the acclaimed Guggenheim in Bilbao . . . a mesmerising building of commanding presence' Marcus Binney hails Nouvel's new concert hall at Lucerne. Ibid.

'Me, I'm in a minority of, apparently, one. It strikes me as a consummate gimmick, a modern building for people who don't like modern buildings, a fantastically elaborate and rather wearisome joke.' Jonathan Meades on the Guggenheim Bilbao. The Times, 5.9.98

'Charles and Ray Eames believed implicitly in plenty, but not just in the narrow materialistic sense. They wanted amplitude of intellectual choice for everyone, and plurality of experience. . . They affect the way we shop, our expectation of profusion. If it hadn't been for Eames, could there ever have been a Conran? . . . Most significantly, they have affected an astonishing switch from verbal to visual culture over the past few decades. The Eames taught a whole post-war generation how to use its eyes.' Fiona MacCarthy, as an Eames exhibition opens at the Design Museum. Guardian, 5.9.98

vital statistics

Health authorities carry out 72 per cent of maintenance work via direct labour, while local authorities do virtually none, says a report from Building Maintenance Information. More than 53 per cent of university maintenance is direct labour. In the private sector most work is either under measured-term or lump-sum contracts.

Less than 3 per cent of workers take a full hour for lunch, according to a survey for drinkmaker Robinson. A quarter of workers have no break at all. The average time is 40 minutes. Twenty per cent of workers in London said they took days off because of stress.

Lost-property statistics from London Transport show books, cheque-books and credit cards as the category of items most frequently left, at 20,000 in 1995/96. Gloves totalled 5000.

Construction output is falling, though it is higher than it was a year ago - 2 per cent higher in the first half of 1998 than the previous six months according to latest detr figures. Workload in the second quarter fell 4 per cent on the previous quarter but was up 1 per cent on a year earlier. Infrastructure was 19 and 14 per cent lower respectively.

The average cost of a nursery school is £4200 per place provided, says a study by the Building Cost Information Service. Cost varies from £1400 per place for a single-storey building in Bolton, to £12,000 per place for a building in Croydon.

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