Issue : 26 June 2003
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Schoolchildren have teamed up with UK architects for Architecture Week to explore alternative designs for famous sites including Arsenal FC's proposed new stadium at Ashburton Grove (pictured).
Richard Rogers back on Welsh Assembly projectSubscription
The Welsh Assembly looks set to reappoint Richard Rogers Partnership to complete its Cardiff Bay parliament building, at a fixed cost of £48 million. Rogers was originally dropped from the project after a row over rising costs.
Reciprocal agreement to open doors to ChinaSubscription
A deal that will open up China's vast architectural market to British practices is in the pipeline, the AJ has learnt.
Prefab award-winner 'cuts losses and closes'Subscription
One of the UK's highest-profile prefabrication housing firms, Hanson TiS, has ceased trading and closed its factory in Trafford.
MPs are pledging their support for an Early Day Motion (EDM) in support of the AJ's campaign to keep PPG 7's 'country house clause'.
RIBA ANGER AT HEFCESubscription
The RIBA has demanded that grants body HEFCE abandons plans to redistribute grants away from schools with lower research ratings.
WESTMINSTER HALL PROBESubscription
Conservationists are assessing the damage to a lantern in London's medieval Westminster Hall after a section of the structure collapsed during rehearsals for a royal concert. The reverberation from the bass notes of an electric organ dislodged two main sections of the lantern's timber vaulting during preparations for the concert, due to be held last Wednesday.
LIVERPOOL QUALITY BIDSubscription
Following Liverpool's failure to pick up a single award in last week's RIBA Awards, a group of architects is pressuring the city council to do more to encourage quality architecture. The group, headed up by Richard Cass, wants Liverpool to put design at the forefront of its preparations to be City of Culture 2008.
WOOD AWARDS SHORTLISTSubscription
Niall McLaughlin Architects plywood bandstand at Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion is one of 21 schemes shortlisted for the Wood Awards, formerly the Carpenters Awards.Also on the list are Wilkinson Eyre's Bridge of Aspiration at the Royal Ballet School and van Heyningen & Haward Architects'Sutton Hoo visitor centre.Winners will be chosen on 15 October.Full list at www. woodawards. com
Grimshaw has won an invited competition to design a semi-underground extension to Hamburg Congress Centre worth almost £14 million.The building will be sited at the edge of the city's Planten un Blomen park and be clad in steel, glass and aluminium.The extension could be complete by 2005.