Alsop Architects’ c/Plex building in Sandwell, West Bromwich, is still £4 million short of its target funding, the project’s chief executive Sylvia King has admitted, writes Robert Booth.
The local authority is due to hear its application for detailed planning permission next month but King said £47 million must be in place before any work begins. This is currently due to be in February 2002. Extra funds will come from existing public sector donors which include the Arts Council and English Partnerships, or private donors, she said. However, she called on the government to simplify the funding process for building projects like c/Plex, which can fall under a number of different departments.
‘There is no mechanism for a project like ours which is cross-departmental, ’ she said. ‘With the range of things we do you have to go to every department and convince them to do their bit.’
Alsop Architects has also submitted plans for a new £60 million HQ for the Met Office in Exeter.