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No end in sight for Viñoly's 'Golden Banana'

A final completion date for Rafael Viñoly Architects’ ‘Golden Banana’ visual arts facility in Colchester remains undetermined today, despite the council appointing new project manager Mace to take on the troubled scheme

Reports in a local paper stated that the £16.5 million project, which is already two years late and £9 million over budget, would be finished by April 2011.

But a spokeswoman for the project said this was just speculation adding: ‘The final completion date is dependent on the contractual arrangements. As the works recommence for Phase 1a (wind and weather tight) and the design is further developed for Phase 2 (fit out) the overall completion timescales will be determined.’

In April last year contractor Banner Holdings ceased working on the gallery, which is set to help regeneration in the town. Meanwhile it has since been confirmed that Viñoly has not visited the site for two years.


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