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Academy expands

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And more news of the Royal Academy and its expansion plans for the former Museum of Mankind at the back of its own building. After years of procrastination, it appears an end is in sight: the government will indeed allow the ra to purchase the Old Burlington Street premises, not for a peppercorn sum, but not a fortune either. What is more, it will be sold freehold. So Sir Michael Hopkins will be able to complete the work he has already undertaken in respect of a design to link the two buildings. All that remains is to decide precisely what will go into the new premises. A decent lecture theatre, one hopes; and a large gallery for architecture (which would allow more exposure at the 'Summer Show').

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