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Vital Statistics

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Tender price levels in Greater London are 18 per cent above the national average, but those in Northern Ireland are 25 per cent below the average, says the BCIS Study of Pricing Adjustment Factors.

Nearly two-thirds of homeless women are on the streets because they are victims of domestic violence, says York University's Centre for Housing Policy. There are more than 10,000 rough sleepers; 10 per cent are women.

Birmingham's Spaghetti Junction, given the go-ahead in 1967, swallowed up 250,000 tons of concrete, 26,000 tons of steel and 5000 concrete columns. It cost £11 million.

The average cost of churches and chapels is £799 per m2 of gross internal floor area, says the BCIS Study of Average Building Prices - Histograms. Individual churches can vary between £350 and £1450 per m2.

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