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The number of cars in the developed world in 1995 was 111 million and is set to more than double to 283 million by 2020, according to a recent University College London survey. Meanwhile, the population of cities in the developed world will remain steady though Bombay will rise from 15 million to 27.3 million by 2015.

The average number of people living in a household in the UK is 2.5 people, but is set to fall to 2.1 by 2016.

New orders for construction in the three months to May are 8 per cent lower than the previous quarter. This represents a 10 per cent fall year on year.

There are 1.3 million empty buildings in the UK, according to Ove Arup.

The £220 million Cardiff Bay Barrage, designed by Alsop & Stormer, is likely to run £29 million over budget due to the establishment of a wetland reserve and unexpected ground conditions in construction.

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