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Architects Journal
23 January 2003

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  • Allerton Bywater project faces further setbacks on site

    The government's flagship regeneration project, the £80 million Allerton Bywater Millennium Community by Aire Design and Broadway Malyan, has suffered yet more delays. Problems with the site have set the start of construction back to late summer, four years later than originally planned.
  • ARB strikes off Bath architect for 'history of lies'

    A Bath-based architect has been struck off the ARB register after being found guilty of serious professional misconduct. Brett Greatorex was found guilty of all seven charges against him by the ARB's professional conduct committee last Wednesday.

    Bennetts Associates has this week submitted its scheme for the regeneration of Brighton's West Pier. It is designed to represent an alternative to the existing application, by KSS Sport and Leisure Design, which is awaiting a planning decision (AJ 11.7.02).The future of the pier gained new urgency this week when the structure collapsed further.
  • Big brother's watching and we sure ain't safe

    aj+ column
  • Big guns challenge the warmongers

    The profession's leading lights have joined forces to condemn a possible war against Iraq. Charles Jencks and RIBA president Paul Hyett are spearheading a campaign of 'Architects Against the War'.
  • Big names shortlisted for £7m Cardiff arts centre

    Ash Sakula Architects, Studio BAAD and Caruso St John Architects are among those shortlisted in a competition for a new arts venue for Cardiff. The other practices on the list, vying to design The Depot, are Kleihues + Kleihues, Keith Williams Architects and Wyn Thomas Gordon Lewis.
  • Birdy song

  • bradford

  • briefing notes: richard murphy

    When and where were you born?
  • Byker Wall fire station: giving a clearer view


    CABE has started the search for a director for its new unit, CABE Space.The director will be responsible for developing a strategy to champion the role of urban parks and open spaces.The creation of the unit followed John Prescott's decision to hand responsibility for urban open land to the design agency.
  • Civic architecture: forget the Victorians, enbrace the new

  • Clare Melhuish reviews Sir Richard Gregory on ways of viewing the world

    Architects are all too aware of the fact that different people see things in different ways - one man's aesthetic nightmare is another's utopian dream - and when it comes to satisfying planners, neighbours, client and, perhaps, English Heritage, it is like walking through a minefield of conflicting perceptions and tastes. But if you take into account the fact that, from one person to the next, what the brain perceives may be substantially distinct from what the eye actually registers, the tas
  • Clarifying the many confusions that lie behind financial charges

    legal matters
  • Collaboration will lead to poetic reading of a site


    An Arup-led consortium, London Regional Metro, has presented the government with a rival bid to Crossrail.The scheme is for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of a new east-west rail link under central London.The consortium believes that it could fund the project without any aid from the public purse, by developing the land above the proposed stations.
  • competitions


    Consulting engineer and Cambridge University visiting lecturer Sam Price will discuss 'Architectural Concrete' in a lecture at the Building Research Establishment's Centre for Concrete Construction in Watford on 12 February at 6pm. For further information call 01923 664786.
  • Could 'sponsorship matrix' be the answer to financial uncertainty?

    Architects confronting a recessionary future should maximise their skills, cast their net wide and not just stay in the cycle lane. As I have remarked before, there are more unconventional businesses coming into existence than there are conventional firms going out of business.
  • CZWG's Brighton tower plans 'on verge of collapse'

    Opposition to CZWG Architects' 16-storey residential Endeavour Tower in Brighton threatens to scupper the project. The scheme - to redevelop the site of an old petrol station in Preston Park - has been faced with ongoing complaints from local campaigners since it was proposed a year ago.

  • Developer vows to fight flats demolition order in Edinburgh

    The developer behind a £1 million block of 14 luxury flats in Edinburgh designed by Keith Cunningham Architects has threatened legal action after the city council demanded that the development be demolished.
  • diary

  • Downing Street boost for new Maggie's Centres

    Chancellor Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah this week hosted an event at 11 Downing Street to help raise funds for the Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres' ambitious building programme.

    Secretary of state for education Charles Clarke was yesterday expected to announce details of the Higher Education White Paper.

    The London Borough of Southwark has produced a fresh Comprehensive Development Framework for the £1billion regeneration of Elephant and Castle, to be masterplanned by Tibbalds TM2 and Foster and Partners. The project aims to revitalise the area with a 69ha mixed-use residential, retail and leisure development.
  • Environmental alliance

  • Experiencing museums at your convenience

  • Foreign Office picks 'youth' in Poland

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has today chosen a strong shortlist of six practices to build a new embassy in Warsaw, Poland - with a specific emphasis on less established names, the AJ can reveal.

    Foster and Partners' Sage Gallery in Gateshead was toppedout on Tuesday. The scheme - which will house the Northern Sinfonia - will include a 1,700-seat performance hall, a smaller performance space, a series of rehearsal rooms and a music information centre.

    Two separate teams have launched bids to get an unbuilt design by Antoni Gaudí adopted as the chosen scheme for the World Trade Center site in New York. Both proponents - including a group of Catalan artists and Boston-based architect Paul Laffoley - claim the Art Nouveau masterpiece was originally drawn up in 1908 for the exact site where the twin towers were built in 1974.
  • Good broadcast


    Energy and construction minister Brian Wilson has launched a £10 million grant scheme to give private home-owners cash to install renewable sources of energy.
  • Hallmark of success

    aj refurbishment
  • Hickton Madeley Architects

    Midlands-based Hickton Madeley Architects has started on site with this city academy in Middlesbrough.The 10,500m 2Unity City Academy - a £20 million Private Finance Initiative scheme - replaces two existing schools in the city. The project will provide learning facilities for 1,200 full-time students, sporting amenities, a performing arts suite, a lecture theatre 'pod'and a series of other learning resource centres. The academy will be open 50 weeks of the year and will support 1,500 ad
  • Joining forces

  • letchworth

  • London's Euston/Marylebone Road

    Sir Terry Farrell has produced this vision for London's Euston/Marylebone Road, which transforms the blighted thoroughfare into the capital's equivalent of the Champs Elysées. Farrell, who will be presenting his ideas in the Peter Milo memorial lecture next month, has developed his proposals as part of the GLA's 'One Hundred Squares'project. The road contains numerous hotels, universities and office headquarters along its length as well as some of the city's best transport connections, l

    Pevsner Architectural Services has launched a free online guide to the architecture of England.

    Sheppard Robson and Manchester University have erected a fourstorey-high webcam at the new School of Biological Sciences and Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy for potential students to see the construction of the building.Visit www. msa. mmu. ac. uk/webcam
  • Metropolitan nature


    Lifschutz Davidson has won a limited competition to design a mixed-use regeneration project in London's Bermondsey.
  • New Year golf break offer

    The AJ is delighted to announce a new hotel/golf offer for readers.The Vale Hotel, Golf and Country Club is set in 162ha of Welsh countryside, yet is only 15 minutes from Cardiff city centre.And in the AJ Golf winter/spring special, readers can enjoy the four-star facilities, including floodlit 20-bay driving range, plus the 11-hole course, for just £90 per person. The cost includes a round on the Lake Course for handicap golfers and one night's accommodation, full Welsh breakfast and di

    The National Trust has purchased Philip Webb's first commission, the 1859 Red House in London's Bexleyheath.The building was artist William Morris' first marital home.The trust had not added to its collection for 10 years until last summer, when it bought Tyntesfield House in Somerset.
  • Office politics

  • Painting a fuller picture on RIBA's pension advice

  • Private problem

  • products

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  • Q&A

    99% of voters in a poll on the AJ's website think the RIBA should not be doing more to advise its members on the pensions crisis.
  • Quay will be jewel in Newcastle's crown

  • Quotes

    'Frankly there is no contest between an Olympics bid and providing affordable homes while regenerating the largest slice of brownfield land in the country.'
  • Reaction and resistance

    technical & practice

    The RIBA has come out in support of the Audit Commission's report into PFI in Schools (AJ 16.01.03).
  • ring the changes


    RMA Architects has won planning permission for Wales'second largest residential development.
  • Smear is being directed at me, and not Pevsner!

  • stockport

  • Students 'inundate' LSE with complaints over Foster library

    Complaints about Foster and Partners' £30 million library at the London School of Economics have dogged the building since it opened 18 months ago, the AJ has learnt.
  • The people that threaten the very fabric of our society

    Not that long ago there were people that lived in an area of 25 square miles all their lives. Their world was longer than ours because everything over the horizon was unknown and only existed in the stories that visitors told.Like the universe is to us, their world is infinite. When we talk about the world 'growing smaller', we are not only talking about time shrinkage but also in terms of reduced mystery.
  • The University of Manchester

    The University of Manchester has launched an appeal to raise £3 million to help build Austin-Smith: Lord's £15 million extension to the historic John Rylands Library.
  • UNESCO World Heritage threat to Alsop's Grace

    Hopes of turning Liverpool's famous Mersey waterfront into a UNESCO World Heritage Site could damage Alsop Architects' plans for a Fourth Grace. The competition-winning scheme would come in for a more 'critical' assessment if UNESCO decides next year to award the city WHS status.
  • Universal usability

  • vital statistics

    The London Borough of Lambeth's Walnut Tree Walk Primary School has calculated that the new Congestion Charge will cost the school £60,000 a year as it will have to subsidise teachers'commuting costs.
  • Walter Segal trust in SOS as it faces financial 'meltdown'

    The Walter Segal Self Build Trust has launched an urgent appeal to raise the £75,000 needed to keep the organisation afloat.
  • Watch the jobs

  • welsh wisdom


    The AJ's awardwinning website is bristling with new features.
  • Winners chosen to reinvent 'more democratic' town halls

    The judges of the Designs on Democracy competition to reinvent the town hall, backed by the AJ, IPPR, CABE and the Design Council, have selected three winners for its sites - at Stockport, Bradford, and Letchworth in north Hertfordshire.
  • Wolverhampton Civic Hall Penoyre & Prasad Architects

    working details: A gallery bar with a frameless glass facade
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