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Cold warrior

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Headlines have appeared in the London Evening Standard over a plan to turn a former Russian Cold War submarine into a tourist attraction, moored off the Victoria Embankment on the Thames.

Owner lnternational Management Consortium is in discussion with Westminster Council about the scheme, which would see the sub moving from Folkestone, where it attracted 131,000 visitors last year.

The sub is a 200ft Foxtrot-class hunter-killer, the U474, built in 1967 in Leningrad. In its day it carried 22 conventional torpedoes and two nuclear warheads. Who is leading the charge on this project? Blackheath architect David Price (his brother Cedric is also an architect). Price points out that the Cold War is a 'fascinating subject'; perhaps surprisingly, it has also managed to get into the national curriculum. . .

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