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Deprived towns team in place for more Yorkshire visions

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Yorkshire Forward has reassembled a high-profile team to produce the next tranche of strategic visions for the region's most deprived towns.

Alsop Architects, EDAW, Latham Architects, Koetter Kim Associates, Urban Initiatives and David Lock Associates will be working together to produce visions for Rotherham, Halifax, Bridlington and Scunthorpe. Selby is also likely to get the star treatment, while the team will be looking at a joint vision for neighbours Pontefract and Castleford, which will become a twinned town.

The move follows the ongoing success of its regeneration programme, which has so far concentrated on Barnsley, Grimsby, Wakefield, Doncaster and Huddersfield. Alsop Architects' plans for Barnsley (AJ 18.4.02), which involve the creation of a nine-storey wall encircling the town, have received much attention. A model of the scheme will feature at this year's Venice Biennale.

Also joining the panel will be American architects UDA Architects from Pittsburgh and New York-based Michael Sorkin.

Yorkshire Forward's director Alan Simpson said there was £1.4 million available for the initial stage of the project, with more funds likely to follow.

Work will begin to roll out in early September, with initial concepts expected at the end of the year.

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