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British team shortlisted forSan Francisco bridge

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Chris Wilkinson Architects and Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners are working together as part of a team bidding to design the east span of the Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco Bay.

The team, led by us engineer Parson Brinckerhoff/hntb and also including uk engineer Mott MacDonald, is one of four shortlisted to design the 4km span, which will cost approximately $2 billion to build. The original bridge, destroyed in the 1989 earthquake, was a double suspension bridge built in 1936.

The shortlisted teams are making their final presentations this week.

Palace in secret talksabout Queen's Gallery

Buckingham Palace has approached a number of practices, which are understood to include the Richard Rogers Partnership, John Simpson and Partners and Sidell Gibson, with a view to developing the Queen's Picture Gallery.

A spokesman for the palace confirmed the 'embryonic-stage' plans but would not confirm the names involved.

'There are an incredible number of hoops to go through before we are prepared to say anything,' he said. One of these hoops is a meeting of the gallery's trustees, which does not take place for another couple of months.

The current building is attached to the palace and was originally a conservatory, before being converted into a chapel and finally, in 1962, into the Queen's Gallery. It shows work from the Queen's extensive collection of art.

Simple, ingenious and ecologically perfect, designer Thomas Heatherwick's Christmas card is as intriguing as it is delightful. Heatherwick was recently responsible for the remarkable sculpture of intertwining legs dancing along the facade of Harrods in Knightsbridge, London.

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