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Architects Journal
30 January 2003

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    The Arts Council is seeking expressions of interest for the design of its new national office for the new arts funding system.The £2-3 million project, for a site in central London, is being advertised through the OJEC.

    Bennetts Associates has won a stellar competition to masterplan a section of London's Fetter Lane for developer Land Securities. It saw off competition from Foster and Partners, Grimshaw, the RHWL Partnership, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Kohn Pederson Fox, Fletcher Priest Architects and Hamilton Associates.The project, which replaces a shelved RHWL scheme, aims to produce a mixeduse development with a series of buildings varying in size and style.
  • Bishopsgate demolition must be reassessed, council rules

    The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has inflicted a damaging blow on London Underground's plans to demolish the Bishopsgate Goods Yard viaduct, deciding it has to submit a fresh planning application.
  • British 'failures' go down Europan

    Britain has withdrawn from this year's Europan competition as a result of its abysmal track record in seeing winning schemes through to development. The UK has failed to put forward sites for the biennial pan-European design competition, overseen by CABE and the RIBA, which offers a unique opportunity for younger practices to plan large and complex sites.

    CABE has warned Leeds City Council that it must make drastic improvements to the quality of its new buildings if it wants to avoid losing investment opportunities to other UK cities.The agency's chief executive Jon Rouse contrasted Leeds'poor record with that of Newcastle, which in the past five years has commissioned Dominic Williams' Baltic Centre and Foster and Partners' Sage Music Centre.

    Caruso St John Architects has won the competition to design The Depot, a new £7 million arts centre and exhibition space for Cardiff. It beat Ash Sakula Architects, Studio BAAD, Kleihues + Kleihues, Keith Williams Architects and Wyn Thomas Gordon Lewis.The scheme will transform a disused city centre transport depot into a large 'international-class exhibition centre'.

    The 120m 'Spire of Dublin' in O'Connell Street, by Ian Ritchie Architects and Arup, was erected last week. The tapering stainless steel spike was constructed in 40m sections.
  • Heritage lobby warns of PFI threat to court buildings

    The Private Finance Initiative is threatening many of Britain's most historic court buildings, two major heritage organisations have claimed. SAVE Britain's Heritage and the Institute of Historic Building Preservation (IHBP) have both warned that the procurement method leaves many listed court buildings vacant and at risk of falling into disrepair.

    Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank will argue in a BBC documentary that treasures such as the remains of Babylon are threatened by an Allied bombing campaign against Iraq.The programme on the country's built heritage is on BBC2 at 9pm on Sunday.

    The number of affordable homes being built has fallen to its lowest level since records began in 1949 and by almost a third since 1997.
  • Quotes

    'I didn't really have a 20-year plan, but I always planned to change the system My ambitions have not necessarily shifted, but now I understand what is achievable and not achievable. I'm much more strategic now.'
  • Skidmore Owings

    Skidmore Owings and Merrill's London office has won an international competition to design the new NATO headquarters in Brussels.The practice beat competition from five shortlisted international collaborations to design the building, which will become home to delegations from the 26 member countries.The winning design by SOM's multinational team - that 'mirrored NATO itself ' - aims to 'create a threedimensional expression of a decision-making body'within the new structure.
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