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There are 1,957,908 pages on the world wide web relating to 'architecture', 257 of them relate to the uk. Source: Infoseek.

The number of empty homes held by the Ministry of Defence increased slightly last year to 13,225, despite government policy to reduce it. The MoD says it will shortly sell 2000 units.

The government plans to invest an extra £6.9 billion in housing and regeneration over three years. Of this, £3.6 billion should come from capital receipts from council-house sales.

The National Council of Building Material Producers predicts poorer construction prospects as a result of declining private-sector activity, low investment in the environment compared with other ec countries, and the fall in manufacturing activity.

The commercial property sector will ride out economic slowdown much more successfully in the next two years than it did at the end of the 1980s, says the rics. This is because there is less over-provision and a less speculative market.

The proportion of new homes being built traditionally in brick and block is increasing, claims the Traditional Housing Bureau. Numbers jumped 10,000 last year, compared with a drop in timber-frame homes of nearly 1000.

Five of Europe's leading legal firms, including uk-based Linklaters, have joined forces to create the biggest group in Europe employing more than 2000 lawyers.

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