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Architect wanted for memorial to commemorate 7 July bomb victims - image

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A call has been put out to find an architect to design a memorial for the victims of the 7 July London bomb blasts.

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has already earmarked a site - in Hyde Park's Lovers' Walk - for the £1 million monument to commemorate the 52 people who lost their lives in the attacks two years ago.

Earlier plans to build the memorial in Tavistock Square - the scene of the horrific bus bombing - were dropped after consultation with bereaved families, who wanted the monument to be in Hyde Park because of its 'prominence, history and central London location'.

According to the competition brief, published by The Royal Parks earlier today, the winning scheme will have to include 'a central structure or monument of modern design incorporating and reflecting traditional aspects of important memorials'.

The scheme is being backed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which has been charged with supporting victims of major disasters since the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.

The deadline for submitting requests to participate is 25 June.

More information about the contest can be found at www.ted.europa.eu (2007/S 105-129759).

by Richard Waite

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