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The World Monuments Fund has launched a millennial '100 Most Endangered Sites' list to raise awareness of the plight of architectural and archeological gems. It includes Egypt's Valley of the Kings, Peru's Machu Picchu and the Faversham Barns in Kent.

English district planning authorities received 134,000 planning applications and other consents in 1999's second quarter, says the detr. This is 2 per cent higher than a year ago.

New orders for construction in 1999's second quarter were up by 1 per cent on the previous quarter, but down 3 per cent on the second quarter of 1998, says the rics.

Austin-Smith: Lord is working with Railtrack and Oscar Faber to refurbish a Grade II station from 1888. Blackburn Station was built for £53,232- 16s-6d and

has an ornate canopy, 28m by 17m on cast iron columns and intricate wrought iron details.

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