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... as institute pledges its drawings collection to V&A ...

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The RIBA has restated its commitment to house its drawings collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Council voted unanimously to press ahead with the plans, which had been brought into doubt following calls from a group of eminent architects to consider an alternative home at the Royal Academy (AJ 31.1.02).

Councillors granted president Paul Hyett and chief executive Richard Hastilow the authority to sign a contract with the museum.

Hyett told council that the V&A was still committed to the move and that funding remained in place. There had been fears that further quibbling over the arrangements could threaten the project's Heritage Lottery Funding. Hyett added that the RA had written to show support for the RIBA/V&A arrangement and he pointed out that the V&A would be making no further offers.

Rod Hackney, supporting the plans, said: 'The little episode of enthusiasts trying to get us to the RA has shown the strength of the marriage between the RIBA and the V&A.' Hyett and Hastilow expect to sign a contract with the V&A within the month.

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