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RIBA's scouse mystery

Will there be a ‘looky-likey Portland Place’ in Manchester?

A whole wave of schemes took a financial hit last month when the North West Development Agency announced it was cutting £52 million from its delivery programme.

Listed among the 100 or so losing projects across the region, Astragal stumbled across the mysteriously named ‘Royal Institute of British Architects Second HQ’. Not, it turns out, plans to build a looky-likey Portland Place in Manchester, but a proposed International Centre for Architecture in the North West earmarked for Liverpool.

The clandestine scheme is apparently still at an early stage. But the RIBA North West was expecting the cuts and spies report the project is not dead yet.

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