SMC ALSOP ENJOYS FIRST TASTE OF SUCCESS
SMC Alsop, the firm created last month when Stuart McColl's SMC Group took over Alsop Design, has won planning permission for this extension to Wakefield's Grade II*-listed Orangery. The approval, granted this week, represents the fi rst major success for the new office. The scheme, when complete, will feature a new glazed pavilion, which will be a 'creative centre for the built environment'. Backed by both CABE and Arts Council England, the project will also provide conference facilities. The Orangery - which in the past 300 years has acted as a school, a bathhouse, a burial site and a zoological garden - is at the centre of a site set around the city's railway station that is earmarked for regeneration. Also this week, SMC Alsop was shortlisted in the international competition for a 'Garden Ring City' in Singapore.