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Camden battles for return of Farrell at Swiss Cottage

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Camden council is talking tough to try and bring Terry Farrell & Partners back on board for the controversial Swiss Cottage project.

Brian Woodrow, chair of the council's development control committee, said it was looking at 'legal remedies' after the architect dropped out of the £75 million scheme (AJ 11.4.02). Farrell claimed developers Barratt and Dawney Day sidelined the firm.

Woodrow said he had chaired the meeting 'to approve the damn thing and I'm extremely unhappy'. The scheme was so controversial two meetings were held over five-and-a-half hours to hear objections on the use of public space, he said.

Meanwhile, Sir Terry Farrell and the council blitzed the phones at the weekend to try and smooth out a solution, Woodrow said. 'Terry sounded very upset and we made arrangements to meet the council leader. Jane Roberts feels as angry as I do. If we don't have a straight legal remedy, she's willing to have a go at Barratt personally.

They are trying to get more local authority work through PFI.'

Woodrow said Sir Terry Farrell denied Barratt's claims that he had 'unilaterally' walked out on the project. Sir Terry was unavailable for comment.

Roland Grimm, from lobby group Camden Sports Campaign, hoped the council would use the split to save the existing sports hall and pool.

'This has been an absolute disaster and a shambles. Sadly most people are resigned to its loss.'

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