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Home-building on brownfield land is on course to meet Labour's 60 per cent recycling target, says the detr. In 1995-6, 53 per cent of all new houses were built on previously developed land.

This year's allocation of more than £1.4 billion for local authority housing is the biggest allocation for housing for three years, says housing minister Hilary Armstrong. It represents a rise of 3 per cent in resources for housing.

Piccadilly Circus's new 52m2 Coca-Cola sign took 20,000 hours to design. The frame has 500 steel beams and columns, which if placed end-to-end would run the length of Oxford Street. It has 2000 bolts, thousands of light bulbs and miles of neon tubing.

The construction industry is responsible for more than half the uk's greenhouse emissions, says the British Council for Offices. Meanwhile the detr aims to slash pollution from lorries and buses by 60 per cent.

Building tender prices nationally will rise by 4.3 per cent to the last quarter 0f 1999 and by a further 4 per cent next year, forecasts capital project and facilities consultants EC Harris.

The third quarter of 1998 saw district planning authorities receive 129,000 applications for planning permission and other related consents. This is 1 per cent fewer than in the same period last year.

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