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GLA headquarters group seeks 'project adviser'

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The Government Office for London is looking for a 'project adviser' to carry forward the controversial process of finding or building a home for the Greater London Authority and the new mayor for the capital.

gol placed a remarkably misleading advertisement in the Official Journal this week, seeking an adviser with professional indeminity insurance of £5 million for the 'developer-built scheme of 12,500m2', and asking for applications to reach John Russell at Property Advisers to the Civil Estate by 7 December.

Russell told the aj that it was a 'hands-on advisory role' to report to government on the progress of the eventual winning scheme, and the chosen adviser could be an architect, civil engineer, building surveyor, structural engineer, or public-health engineer. This points to a multi- disciplinary practice, and it is understood that Turner and Townsend wrote the brief for the project.

But the notice adds that the 'strategy' for the project will be known in more detail by this winter, and 'may involve a turnkey deal with the developer or fitting out by the client'. By contrast, high-profile competitions were held for the jobs of actually designing the assemblies in Wales and Scotland.

Construction minister Nick Raynsford has already courted criticism in the architectural community over the gla issue by choosing to avoid a competition and procure the building in line with the Egan report (aj 24.9.98). The two 'finalists' in the process are Foster and Partners working with space planners degw, Urbed and Ove Arup & Partners on a scheme at London Bridge, and Alsop and Stormer's reworking of Victoria House in Bloomsbury, involving the addition of an extra element and re-use of the whole of Bloomsbury Square. Both will present final schemes in the middle of December.

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