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Walter Segal trust in SOS as it faces financial 'meltdown'

The Walter Segal Self Build Trust has launched an urgent appeal to raise the £75,000 needed to keep the organisation afloat.

The trust, established in 1989 to spread the Segal method and the philosophy behind it, faces 'meltdown' when its funding ceases at the end of March.

The call comes as the Housing Corporation finalises a review for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM)into its support of community self-build organisations, due to be published in March. The Community Self Build Agency also comes under examination in the report.

Nicholas Taylor, the London director of the Walter Segal Self Build Trust, has written to more than 100 of the largest practices and 'most progressive' architects, appealing for contributions to help 'save Segal's legacy'.

Taylor, who has seen the Housing Corporation's study, denied it was directly responsible for the crisis. But he said its conclusions could add to problems in the future. The trust, which has received grants in the past from the ODPM, is continually looking for new sources of funding, in particular core funding for the upkeep of its Northumberland office and part time staff.

Taylor said he was optimistic that architects would respond to the 'desperate' situation as 'so many architects remember Walter Segal as their favourite teacher'.

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