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BDP takes a new role in Northern Ireland PFI project


bdp has won top marks in a pfi schools project, going beyond simply designing the building to acting as investor and developer as well.

A wholly owned subsidiary of the practice called Campus Projects has been selected by the Southern Education and Library Board of Northern Ireland as the preferred bidder to provide a new school at Drumglass.

Campus was selected to bid for the project last summer and since then has worked on detailed design, facilities management and finance. The new school, which it hopes to open in August 2000, replaces an existing building on the edge of Drumglass in west Tyrone. It will provide new teaching, cultural and sporting facilities for 500 students.

bdp has also provided more details of its competition-winning scheme for the £15 million Perth 2000 project (aj 19.11.98). The practice's Glasgow office is to design a new centre comprising an auditorium, studio, theatre, arts centre, workshops, cafe, bar, public open space and an extension to the Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

Chairman of the judges Eva Jiricna called the bdp scheme a 'thoroughly engaging, exciting and deliverable concept'.

Flagship children's centre to get scheme off to a sure start

Mark Muir & Co is working on a flagship design for a £450 million government project aiming to ensure that children get the best start in life.

Its children's project centre in Liverpool will be for families with children up to the age of three. The 2000m2 tensile structure will house a shop, cafe and childcare facilities.

A third of the £6 million costs will be met from the government's Sure Start Project grant, with the rest from the eu and private finance, said Mark Muir. His practice is to design another centre in Glasgow and three more in the future. A detailed planning application for the Liverpool design is due in May.

A briefing paper from Mark Muir & Co says, 'Many parents are not equipped with the information, or simply lack the ability, to raise happy, well- balanced children. Child care has never been taught at school and parenting is currently not part of the national curriculum.'

The government aims to provide 250 projects in England in the next three years. They can range from small-scale school-based facilities and creches to big research projects.

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