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Controversial Bristol scheme wins planning permission

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The £30 million Chapman Taylor-designed Bristol and West headquarters building, castigated as 'reminiscent of a prison' by the Royal Fine Art Commission but supported by English Partnerships, has won planning permission.

The new HQ, inBristol'sTempleQuay, will house 1200 staff as part of a 9ha scheme with £18 million of funding from English Partnerships.

Within a masterplan by Fitzroy Robinson, it was attacked by the RFAC for showing little sense of belonging and contributing nothing of value to the public realm. Chairman Lord St John of Fawsley also wrote to environment secretary John Prescott to slam English Partnerships' involvement and apparent lack of regard for its own 'Time for Design' document.

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