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CABE awards £90k grant for Cambridge centre launch

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Design chiefs in East Anglia are launching a new architecture centre after CABE awarded it a £90,000 start-up grant. The funding will last for two years. Cambridge Architecture Centre is due to open in the summer following the appointment of a director.

Peter Carolin, former head of the architecture department at the University of Cambridge, is leading a board of trustees in the search. He wants someone with 'political nous' and PR expertise as well as admin and coordination skills. The first task for the director will be to launch a website and schools' education programme, said Carolin.

The centre, on a site in King's Parade, will need to raise an extra £125,000 on top of the CABE grant, and survival was going to be 'pretty tough', Carolin said . RIBA's eastern region set up an earlier centre in 1992 but was forced to close it in 1997.

'The first centre was too RIBA-oriented, ' he said.

'This will be broader based with people who are not necessarily architects but committed to sustainability, the public realm and transport.' The time was right for a second centre because Cambridge was under massive pressure to expand, he said.

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