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Alsop & Stormer

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Alsop & Stormer has won planning permission for its £40 million c/PLEX project, to be built in the centre of West Bromwich. The building, to house a mix of cultural and arts businesses, will replace the town's bus station, which is being relocated to adjoin the Metro tram station. Alsop & Stormer displayed extensive models of the project - designed with wide public consultation - at the Venice Biennale last month. But the scheme will only go ahead if a bid for a significant portion of the £40 million - probably about £20 million - of Arts Council lottery money in October is successful. The Arts Council can make grants of up to 75 per cent of the project cost. c/PLEX has already used a grant of £3 million on design development and will be exploring other sources such as the European Regional Development Fund and council funding. The building construction cost alone is about £15 million. The backers aim to start on site in November 2001 and complete in 2003.

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