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Article 25's Myanmar cycling team raises £33,000


Article 25’s cycling expedition to Myanmar has so far raised £33,000 to continue its work in the country, and has separately raised a further £105,805 from its annual auction 

The 13-strong team, including New London Architecture chair Peter Murray, spent 10 days cycling a 340-mile route from Yangon to Mandalay and back. The trip went via the 19th-century Yangon General Hospital, which is being refurbished using a masterplan drawn up by the charity.

The cycling group also included: Tom Dollard, head of sustainable design at Pollard Thomas Edwards; Geoff Rich, managing partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; and Josine Lambert, project architect at Article 25.

The team reviewed 10 rural healthcare centres and improved links between local communities and the UN, non-governmental organisations like Article 25, universities, and hospitals.

Dollard said: ‘It was an amazing expedition and a success on many fronts. We’ve exceeded our aims for healthcare research, and hopefully this will go on to make a real difference to the people of Myanmar.’ 

The country is currently embroiled in a crisis, involving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine state fleeing violence into Bangladesh. 

Separately, Article 25 raised £105,805  at its annual 10 x 10 auction in Stratford, east London. A number of leading architects took part, including Amanda Levete, David Adjaye, Angela Brady, Zaha Hadid Architects, Ian Ritchie, Peter Murray and Assael Architecture’s Félicie Krikler. 

The annual event sees a 10 x 10 grid laid over an area of London, with each participant allocated one of the 100 squares within it. The architect or designer then donates an artwork inspired by the buildings and public space within their square. 

For the fourth year running, Antony Gormley’s work fetched the highest bid, raising £11,000.

The Cycle Myanmar team: 

  • Tom Dollard – head of sustainable design at Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Josine Lambert – project architect at Article 25 
  • Geoff Rich – managing partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Alastair Laurenson – BP construction engineer 
  • Grant Smith – photographer
  • Peter Murray – chair, New London Architecture 
  • Rob Cole – director, Steffian Bradley Architects 
  • Ruth Edwards – design manager 
  • Tim Wiseman – manager at BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment 
  • Chris Dumas – senior director at GVA Acuity
  • Harriette Warner – architectural assistant in Essex 
  • Harry Day – architect, Grimshaw Architects 
  • Lee Fox – architect, Claridge Architects

Readers' comments (2)

  • Well done guys, Burma needs our help! Hopefully the replacement of Mugabe will mean more regimes will be superseded with something better than crocodiles!

    It’s a beautiful country with a complex history, and all the usual post colonial problems. There were 3 Anglo Burmese wars, and then we encouraged indentured labour and entrepreneurs from India to put the Burmese under pressure. We did put the place on the Literary map, with books by Orwell and poems by the Jungle Book Brit. The warlike Kachin hill tribes and nations also distrust the Burmese. The “British” Army that defeated the Japanese into India via Burma were the most racially diverse ever. And some fought with the Japanese, some against. As usual in involves language and education, and the Chinese have a lot to answer for. Yangon is a delapidated colonial city, requiring investment to prevent it falling down, and forming the basis of a tourist industry. Aung Sen Suu Kyi is now taking the blame for the repression of the Rohingia, although she has little power to effect the current situation.

    Do some research before you demand the return of her Nobel awards? Don’t follow Geldorf, he should know better. And should we be using the Generals new name, Myanmar, instead of Burma?

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  • Rudyard Kipling is the Jungle Book chap! He spent a weekend at the Mouliemin Shrine, and wrote the most memorable poetry, involving girls, you British soldiers and Irrawaddy Paddle Steamers!

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