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in brief Last chance for India trip

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A few places are still available on a fascinating 17-day trip to South India, 6-22 March 1998, which includes Bangalore, Mysore, Cochin, Madurai and Madras. It costs £1495.00 per person. Contact 01580 712291.

An unlikely team of Broadway Malyan, Daryl Fowler and Enric Miralles has won a £40million international competition to regenerate a district in Nijmegen, Holland. The scheme, around the historic Valkhof castle, features a new hotel and conference centre.

McDowell + Benedetti have won planning permission for a residential scheme on the riverfront in London Docklands. The scheme is for four buildings with all flats having roof terrace space. Jones Lang Wooton devised a strategy for obtaining consent for 100 units, it said, 'without providing social housing.'

Amec is designing a £109 million research centre for a drug company, which will be part funded by the Government. The centre in Sandwich, Kent will house 650 research and development staff for the UK arm of the American firm Pfizer. The DTI is providing £3 million and English Partnerships has spent £2.5 million preparing the site. Building work for the 50,000m2 centre is planned next year with occupation expected in 2000.

Architects are optimistic about the future, according to a new survey by Plimsoll Publishing. The report finds that 40 per cent of companies increased borrowing during the last financial year, whilst average sales growth for the industry was 10.8 per cent during the last year and the average pre-tax profit margin was 4.5 per cent. However, 22 per cent made a loss. Of those making a profit, 39 per cent increased their total asset value in their last financial year. Around one in three made more than a 10 per cent pre-tax profit margin as a proportion of sales.

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