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BDP wins planning for Northampton council HQ

BDP’s designs for Northamptonshire County Council’s new £34 million headquarters have been approved by planners

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Community framework: JW3 by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

With some exquisite finishes, the frame of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ JW3 is elegant as well as tough, writes Felix Mara. Photography by Hufton + Crow

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Concrete kaleidoscope: New Seinäjoki City Library by JKMM

JKMM’s digital-age extension to Alvar Aalto’s 1965 city library at Seinäjoki in Finland startles with its edgy angularity and tricks of perspective, writes Felix Mara

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Supersize Mecanoo: Birmingham Library by Mecanoo

Birmingham’s new mega-library might be the last of its kind. But that won’t stop it from becoming a great public building, writes Jay Merrick. Photography by Christian Richters

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Stirling Prize revisited - is Peckham Library still a winner?

The success of Peckham Library has prompted Southwark to build two more new libraries. But how has the building stood up to 13 years of heavy use? asks Tom Ravenscroft

Council coughs up extra £600k to fix roof on Hawkins\Brown's Corby Cube

Corby Borough Council has agreed to find an extra £600,000 to stop the roof of Hawkins\Brown’s troubled Corby Cube from leaking

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