Northumberland's Kielder Partnership has launched a competition to design a 'contemporary maze' dubbed the Minatour. The scheme will be sited in an area of natural beauty by Kielder Castle and will complete a trio of innovative works there which includes Softroom's Belvedere and James Turrell's Skyscape. Four applicants will be shortlisted and will receive £750 each with the winner awarded £1,000. Call 01434 220643 for more information.
After a 15-month wait the Richard Rogers Partnership has been given the go-ahead by Taylor Woodrow to draw up detailed designs on its £50 million office building at St Katherine's Dock, next to Tower Bridge in London (above). The planning committee at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has already issued a detailed consent on the scheme but the practice will now polish its designs in time to start on site in early summer with completion two years later. The 72,840m 2scheme includes trademark RRP features and is intended to relate to other buildings by the practice.