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Harsh words

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ASTRAGAL

Jeremy Till has a way with words. The acerbic professor of architecture at Sheffield University is quoted in an article on the Stirling Prize as saying the Hopkins 'B' team must have worked on Portcullis House, compared with the brilliant designers who did the Underground station. The trouble with such flip comments is they are not based on reality. Portcullis House had a long gestation and was worked on throughout by John Pringle, key designer with the practice going back to the Mound Stand, Schlumberger etc.

He continued to work on it at the client and practice's request, after having left to set up his own firm.

Happily, Portcullis House/ Westminster Underground Station have been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize as a single entity.

Professor Till crops up again in the Sunday Times , complaining about the new Arsenal stadium and the housing by CZWG surrounding it.

He calls the latter 'a joke - putting a chunk of Docklands in an inner city site', and urges it be called in for public inquiry. The housing is a breath of fresh air, though not what Till and partner Sarah Wigglesworth would like. Perhaps the criticism is prompted by the fact that under the project a refuse station is being relocated opposite the couple's Straw House scheme.

North Londoners say no to Nimbys!

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