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Ellis Williams Architects' Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts in Gateshead, transformed from the old Baltic Flour Mill, attracted 100,000 visitors in its first two weeks of opening to the public.

The cost of building a new hospital has risen to £75,000 per bed, the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) reports in its latest study, the 'Surveys of Tender Prices'.

The Health and Safety Executive's imminent changes to the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations - which oblige businesses to create a 'management programme' for all asbestos on their premises - will cost the UK economy £5.1 billion, according to the HSE's own estimates.

The repair bill in the areas affected by this summer's record-breaking floods in Europe could come to £9 billion in Germany alone, according to the latest estimates.

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