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The government's £250 million 'starter homes initiative'has helped 10,000 key workers purchase homes within 'reasonable distance' of their work, according to the Department for Local Government, Transport and the Regions lRobert Adam, from the Popular Housing Group, told the RIBA conference last week that he believes employing an architect on a housing project adds to the cost of a development by the equivalent of a 15 per cent increase in land value.

New Department of Trade and Industry construction orders show an increase in work of 17 per cent in the three months to April 2002.

Infrastructure orders were down six per cent on the last 12 months, but up two per cent on last year.

l58 Britons were injured in 1999 watering Christmas trees while the fairy lights were still switched on, according to research published this week.

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