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Bennetts' MOMI designs rest on fate of whole South Bank

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Designs by Bennetts Associates for a new Museum of the Moving Image have been put on hold as part of the reconsideration of the whole of the South Bank. Bennetts' design was to replace the original building by Avery Associates, which has suffered from poor maintenance and a lack of updating of the exhibits. It was also to occupy part of the area currently occupied by the National Film Theatre, also in severe need of updating. Burrell Foley Fischer was carrying out feasibility studies to find a site for the National Film Theatre in London's West End.

But since then John Woodward has taken over as director of the British Film Institute, and has decided that the nft will stay on the South Bank. However, all decisions await the announcement of a new masterplan for the South Bank, following the collapse of Richard Rogers' glass wave proposal.

The South Bank Employers' Group is looking for an artist/architect pair to design of a work of art for the main pedestrian route linking Waterloo Station with the South Bank. With a budget of £200,000, the group is seeking a creative solution which will not interfere with pedestrian movement. Judges are Susan Ferleger Brades, director of the Hayward Gallery, Iain Tuckett, director of Coin Street Community Builders, and architecture critic Hugh Pearman. Submissions are due by 19 February 1999. For details tel: 0171 928 6193.

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