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CUT-PRICE SPIRAL FOR V&A

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Daniel Libeskind's 'Spiral' extension to the V&A is to be reconfigured as part of a costsaving measure for the museum.

Originally budgeted at £80 million, the museum has so far raised just £31 million and new director Mark Jones is worried that the scheme could eclipse other large projects. However, a spokeswoman for the museum said that the appearance of the cheaper building would be 'identical' to the original model and that the only changes would be on the interior. The 'integrity of the design' would be unchanged, she said. One of the cost-cutting measures now being discussed is to abandon the idea of a basement. 'We have been looking at ways of cutting costs, but this is just a discussion at the very earliest stage, ' said the spokeswoman.

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