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COPPER AWARDS DEADLINE

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The Copper Development Association is inviting entries for this year's Copper in Architecture Awards 9. The competition includes awards for the architectural use of copper on recently completed projects, either here or abroad, by UK-based architects.

There are also awards for craftsmanship and for unbuilt projects including student work. A further, discretionary innovation award may be given for outstanding use of copper in specific areas of relevance such as sustainable building, economical construction, prefabrication, conservation or new use of the material. The judging panel includes Peter Clegg of Fielden Clegg and Laurence Bain, formerly of Michael Wilford and Partners. Last year the prize for architectural design went to Ian Ritchie Architects' Jubilee Line Extension Vent Shafts building in east London, which also won the Architectural Innovation Awards for its radical use of copper. The closing date for all categories is 31 May.

Entry forms are available from CDA Architecture on 01727 731216, or e-mail copperdev@ compuserve. com Michael Squire and Partners has finally received planning consent for this commercial building on Great Marlborough Street in Westminster. Located in the Soho conservation area, the application was originally turned down because it involved demolishing a Victorian building. The practice won an appeal, however, after the inspector ruled that the facade embodied 'subtle quality'. CABE, too, concluded that the design had 'considerable merits'. Designed as office space with a ground-floor restaurant, the building will be clad in panels of Portland stone set within steel frames.

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