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CRITIC'S CHOICE

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In the grounds of William Cecil's Elizabethan showpiece, Burghley House, on the Lincolnshire-Northamptonshire border near Stamford, is a 5ha sculpture garden. The latest exhibition there, continuing until 29 October, is called Heavenly Bodies, and with a few exceptions - one being Nick Horrigan's ramshackle timber ziggurat, lit inside by bre optics - the contents are pretty dire.

Nonetheless there's a good reason for visiting Burghley just now - apart, of course, from the house itself.

Richard Grifths Architects has just completed an education and visitor centre there, comprising a new entrance pavilion linked to an adapted and restored Grade-I listed brewhouse designed by Capability Brown. With the exposed steelwork and structural clarity of Mies or a Case Study building, tempered by a judicious use of oak, the pavilion brings well-mannered Modernism into Burghley's historic precincts (above). Brown's building, designed while he worked on Burghley's landscape in the 1750s, combined a brewhouse with a bakehouse and slaughterhouse, and there's enough evidence of this former activity to make it a characterful backdrop to the audiovisual presentations and temporary exhibitions that are now its raison d'être ( www. burghley. co. uk).

It's not far from Burghley to Corby New Town - the former steelworks town that fell into decline in the 1980s and which is now awaiting redevelopment as part of the so-called Nene Valley Corridor (what a nasty example of planningspeak). At 15 Corporation Street, Corby, until Sunday 25 June, there's a chance to see Newtopia: a collaboration between photographer Jason Oddy and Cordula Zeidler and Patrick Duerden of the Twentieth Century Society.

Oddy's photographs are of three New Towns - Corby, East Kilbride and Cumbernauld (much in the news of late given its council's dismal ambitions). There's a view down an endless enlade in Cumbernauld's troubled megastructure; a detail of the brick walls of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's St Bride's Church; a Weetabix factory looming behind some twee Corby housing. We get a warts-and-all picture through unprejudiced eyes (

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