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South Bank think tank over funding for Rogers scheme

A funding solution for Lord Rogers' wavy glass roof is to be raised at the South Bank Centre's two-day brainstorming session to discuss the drastic changes to lottery funding.

A Lottery Bill passing through Parliament is set to overhaul cash allocation, and a South Bank spokeswoman said all big schemes were being looked at: 'It may be new rules will allow us to be more strategic in our distributions. At the moment we cannot invite people to apply because that would be soliciting. It may also mean we can delegate decision-making on funding to the people involved.'

She denied rumours that culture secretary Chris Smith had signed the roof 's death warrant. But another source with contacts on the South Bank board said the design had been finally rejected.

'They have dropped the scheme but Rogers is still on board and the idea is to do a cheaper and quicker version.'

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