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42 per cent of architect companies are in financial difficulties, down from 45.6 per cent last year. The findings, by Plimsoll Portfolio Analysis, are based on analysis of 1867 uk limited companies over the last four years. Firms described as 'financially strong' have risen from 39.2 per cent a year ago to 47 per cent. Details: 01642 257800.

The government has provided £199,000 of funds to help eliminate a termite colony in Taunton, Devon. The termites are believed to have been imported in a plant from Spain.

The average cost of sports pavilions and club-houses is £632 per m2 of gross internal floor area, says the Building Cost Information Service.

Maintenance represents more than 20 per cent of the occupancy costs of hospitals, says a study by Building Maintenance Information. Cleaning costs made up 40 per cent, utilities 14 per cent, and overhead and admin costs about 10 per cent each.

The construction industry in Russia employs an estimated 6.5 million people, around 10 per cent of its total workforce, says the Chartered Institute of Building.

Engineer wsp has supervised the erection of a 50 tonne, 41.5m- long girder for the British Aerospace wing manufacturing plant at Broughton. Use of the girder to create clear space will allow the applying of protective treatments to Airbus wings. The new building will be 350m long.

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