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Architects' ability to take the holistic view makes them good project managers. But not everybody appreciates the fact Put aside your pencils

One of the less obvious losses resulting from the Arts Council's undermining of plans for Bristol's Harbourside Centre was the opportunity to see an architect act as project director for such a high-profile project. Two candidates were shortlisted for the role, both originally qualified as architects. Tony Bartho, who had only recently set up his own project- management consultancy had been told he was the preferred candidate and that his appointment only needed Arts Council approval. ...

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