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Consumption of plastics by the European construction industry will rise more than 60 per cent to almost 18 million tonnes by 2010. A report from the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe says construction is the second largest market for plastics after packaging. It claims that development of advanced resins will make plastics a specification decision of choice.


About 58 per cent of all multi-storey structures were framed in steel, according to a report by Construction Markets for British Steel. Decisions on the material used were mainly by architects or engineers, with the client influential in only 10 per cent of cases, says the report.


Most people planning to move home do so out of necessity, says research from Halifax plc and the House Builders Federation. The preference for a brand-new home has dropped slightly this year, from 23 to 21 per cent of intending purchasers. The main worry about a new home was its location.


Birmingham’s Bull Ring shopping redevelopment, claimed to be the largest regeneration project in Europe, has won final planning permission from planners. The £300 million scheme covers 10.4ha.


Quoted W S Atkins spent £5 million in the course of preparing two bids for pfi hospital projects as part of a consortium, says architect chief executive Michael Jefferies. He has called on the government to simplify and reduce the costs involved.

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