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Architects Journal
24 April 2003

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  • Architectural medals record restoration


    HOK Sport+Event+Venue's plans for Arsenal FC's new £250 million stadium have run into further trouble, with the club admitting it will fail to meet its 2005 deadline for moving into its new 60,000capacity stadium at Ashburton Grove. The club told investors last week: 'A number of delays have occurred, not just on the construction of the stadium but with legal, financial and property issues.' The club said its move will be delayed from the start of the 2005/06 season by at least a year.
  • as first minister investigates cost of Scottish Parliament

    Scotland's first minister, Jack McConnell, has committed his party to carrying out a 'major investigation' into the escalating cost of Enric Miralles and RMJM's new Scottish Parliament building if it wins the forthcoming election.

    Nightingale Associates has expanded further by buying Studio BAAD's Yorkshire-based healthcare operation for an undisclosed fee.Nightingale said the move will 'go a long way' to developing its hospital design capacity and increasing its presence in the north of England.
  • briefing notes: philip bintliff

    When and where were you born?
  • Clare Melhuish reviews Sir John Soane's Museum anniversary programme

    Sir John Soane, the 250th anniversary of whose birth is celebrated in September, had his eye on 14 Lincoln's Inn Fields for some time before finally purchasing and immediately demolishing it. The new house he built in its place does not have the extraordinary originality of No 13 next door, now Sir John Soane's Museum, but it certainly stands proud of its context and as part of the trio of houses (12, 13 and 14) that Sir John Summerson, during his time as curator at the museum, envisaged as '
  • Come to the AJ-RIBA conference. . .

    The AJ and the RIBA are holding a one-day conference, 'The Economics of Architecture', on Wednesday 18 June. The conference, which will be held at the RIBA in Portland Place, London, will bring together leading architects including Ted Cullinan, Eric Parry, Julia Barfield and Richard Murphy, along with developers, quantity surveyors and academics. (For more information see pages 16-17. ) The conference will be followed by the RIBA Awards dinner where winners will be announced.For details cont
  • competitions

  • diary

  • Dome clone: lap up the highest form of flattery

    aj+ column
  • Enterprising architects land Queen's business accolade

    The government has honoured Marks Barfield Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects with the UK's highest business prize - the Queen's Award for Enterprise. The two practices were among 123 companies recognised, a list whittled down from more than 1,000 entries.

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  • Fact or fantasy?


    This is your last chance to enter the following competitions:
  • flower of scotland


    The public inquiry into Foster and Partners' £100 million London City Racecourse at Fairlop Waters will start on 1 May.Local campaigners oppose the development - the first new racecourse in the UK for more than 70 years - on grounds of congestion and overcrowding.
  • Glas

    Glas has won planning permission for this £3 million mixed-use scheme on the former site of the Southwark Bacon, Smoking and Curing Factory in London. The project, for client ClearBest, will create 26 residential units and 10 commercial units and forms part of the wider regeneration of the area. Glas has attempted to engage the ground-floor units with the local environment, creating spaces for restaurants, cafes and shops, while offices and apartments are located on the upper levels.
  • Going strong

  • Gonged off

  • 'Government must improve maternity hospital design'

    The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has called for the government to 'invest more time and money' improving architectural standards in the UK's maternity hospitals.

    The Green Party used the final day of the London Plan's public examination last Thursday to launch a savage attack on the document's central principles.The party's GLA leader, Darren Johnson, said the plan will trigger unrestrained construction and road building.

    The London Borough of Greenwich has given approval to Sir Terry Farrell's £135 million plans for Greenwich Peninsular.
  • Grimshaw's Bath Spa hit by delays

    Grimshaw's eagerly awaited Bath Spa scheme has run into costly delays, sparking recriminations between the design team and contractor.
  • Heart transplant

    aj interiors
  • Heritage Lottery Fund has been a great help

  • International call to design September 11 memorial

    The competition to design the memorial to the victims of September 11 - which will form the centrepiece of Daniel Libeskind's design for Ground Zero - will begin next week.
  • John Eastwick-Field (1919-2003) Elizabeth Eastwick-Field (1919-2003)

    John and Elizabeth Eastwick-Field, who died within four weeks of each other last month, both aged 83, made a notable contribution to the post-war rebuilding of Britain, first with schools and housing, and later with hospital and university buildings.
  • Kid's stuff

  • Koolhaas misses out as NY museum drops development

    Rem Koolhaas has lost a major arts project for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
  • London Bridge Tower debate misses the point

  • Luigi Bussolati: Toward the Light

  • Making a good account

    technical & practice

    This new pier, designed by Marks Barfield Architects, was floated up the Thames last week into position outside Tate Britain.The Millbank Millennium Pier - which will service passenger ferries - includes a lighting scheme that changes colour as the tide rises and falls.
  • Motion question

  • Olympics competition threat to Lea Valley masterplans

    The London Development Agency's decision to launch a design competition for an Olympics site in east London is threatening two existing masterplans for the Lea Valley.
  • Panter Hudspith Architects

    Panter Hudspith Architects has won a RIBA-organised competition to redevelop Armada Way, in Plymouth city centre.The practice saw off Niall McLaughlin Architects, Wickham van Eyck with Pitman Tozer, and Ushida Findlay Architects in the last stage.
  • people & practices

  • Piano's forte

  • Planning finally starts to think big and migrates across the Channel

    One hundred years ago, the world was enthralled with the idea of planning. Nowhere, except in military circles, was there actually a planning regime in place, but the chattering classes of Europe and America were afire with the town planning ideas of Ebenezer Howard, Tony Garnier and Patrick Geddes - particularly Geddes, whose two books City Development and Cities in Evolution made the crucial connection between land use planning and radical politics - just as they were with the economic plan
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  • Public deceived about the costs of mega-projects

    Most major building projects only get the goahead because their promoters lie about their true cost, according to a controversial new study.
  • Quotes

    'That public money should be spent fighting these egotistical shockers is bad enough.
  • Rent deregulation was only part of the picture

  • Reunion date for Covell Matthews Wheatley

  • ring the changes

  • Science fiction and crystal balls: crucial tools of the trade

    Looking into the future is an important and necessary activity for architects. If part of our job is to anticipate, we must indulge in speculation about times to come.Looking into the crystal ball divides into two categories.The first is looking at a way forward based on current evidence of bad practice and proposing new courses of action, which can become policy.
  • Software 'informers' leave a nasty taste

  • Spanish touch

  • Stalking Detroit


    Zaha Hadid's Bergisel Ski Jump and Terminus Hoenheim North are both on the shortlist for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - the Mies van der Rohe Award 2003.

    Don't forget to fill in our reader survey, which was sent out in the 10 April issue of the AJ. The form can also be printed off from www. ajplus. co. uk/info/surveyor or requested by emailing reena. israni@emap. com. The first completed survey to be pulled out of a hat on 30 April will win a case of Pol Roger champagne.

    The RIBA competitions office has invited expressions of interest for a competition to design a new £600,000 Sure Start Community Centre for the St Anne's area in Colchester. For details call 0113 234 1335.
  • Taste for the exotic

  • The old school

  • Those who play at advocates can lose sight of the evidence

    legal matters
  • Top names quick on the draw for online auction

    The Architectural Association is holding an online auction of drawings by the world's leading architects to raise funds for student bursaries. Drawings - many of them specially produced for the event - have been donated by more than 60 architects, including Herzog & de Meuron, Tadao Ando, Jean Nouvel, Will Alsop, Edward Cullinan, Rem Koolhaas, Piers Gough, Zaha Hadid and Lord Rogers. Frank Gehry has donated a signed chair.
  • UK practices back out of SARS-ridden Hong Kong

    The threat of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus has forced some British practices to suspend the movement of staff between the UK and Hong Kong.
  • Unaccustomed as I am

    technical & practice
  • Visual charm, delight and traces of time

  • vital statistics

    Making structural changes to your house will significantly improve its value, according to research by the Nationwide building society. An extra bathroom, bedroom or garage will increase its value by 11 per cent, while carrying out a loft conversion adds 4 per cent.
  • When 'good ordinary' design is an extraordinary feat

  • Work experience

    Inclusive design - providing accessibility of buildings for all, without special-needs addons - is a design philosophy being pushed to the fore by the staged introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act. Levitt Bernstein's fit-out for the Workforce charity near Old Street in central London is generally a good example of inclusive design but, paradoxically, also a product of the current lack of inclusion in the employment market.
  • working details

    Office building, Edinburgh Reiach and Hall Architects
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