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MacCormac Jamieson Prichard has been given the go-ahead to overhaul the British Embassy compound in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has approved proposals to build 6,000 sq m of new residential accommodation and leisure facilities on the lush 3.8ha site. All the apartments will have views inwards towards the gardens - described as 'an oasis of calm in the heart of the city' - and will boast a number of environmental features, such as solar-shading canopies. Designed in collaboration with structural engineer Adams Kara Taylor, there are also plans for a new gym, a swimming pool and a clubhouse, which will 'float' in the middle of the existing pond. The scheme includes a reworking of the approach to the ambassador's residence following the sale of the land in front of the house. Work is expected to start on site in the next few weeks and is due to complete in early 2008.

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