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Dublin competition-winner hits conservation trouble

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A national art gallery design, threatened after Dublin planners blocked the demolition of a wrecked house on the site, must now be redesigned or scrapped.

Benson + Forsyth's £13.5 million extension to the National Gallery of Ireland is on hold and will have to be reworked if it is to go ahead, said a gallery spokeswoman.

The architect won an international competition for the design two years ago. But the Irish state planners, An Bord Pleanala, refused planning permission after protests by conservationists, including the Irish Georgian Society.

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