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Shillam and Smith takes on Abercrombie suburb

Shillam and Smith has won a commission to masterplan a swathe of Patrick Abercrombie-designed Plymouth.

The London office will work on the impoverished urban area of Efford which borders the city centre, and which has recently been masterplanned by David Mackay.

The scheme forms part of a major regeneration effort in the city, which has been widely praised for the way it has respected the 1947 Abercrombie masterplan.

Abercrombie was commissioned in the post-war period to rebuild a large chunk of the city, which was badly bombed in 1940.

'Even before we were appointed we discovered that there is nowhere in the area for people to meet, and no café nor village square where people might sit,' Wendy Shillam said.

'So our public consultation will revolve around a temporary café and new external exhibition space where we will encourage people to congregate and talk to us.'

According to Shillam, the project has just secured funding for public art, which she believes will help solve the problem of anti-social behaviour among youths.

by Ed Dorrell

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