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'Exciting and direct' design for Telford's new spire

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Rod Robinson Associates has won a competition for a new spire for Telford with a design praised by the judges as 'exciting and direct' with 'power, impact and clarity'. The practice proposed a 25m-high spire structure, with 'open hands' reflected in a tubular steel base. The octagonal spire is suspended from lightweight stainless-steel facets. The competition was to create a symbol of the Meeting Point Trust, a partnership between the churches and the community sector in Telford, outside which the spire will stand. Budget is £30,000.

An Anglican, Baptist and Methodist church with sweeping roof and smooth and rough-cast render has been given full planning permission. Trinity Church Centre will include a hall for 200 people, meeting rooms, a coffee lounge and welfare facilities in Solihull, near Birmingham. The £500,000, 560m2-footprint project, by D5 Architects and Harper Fairley Partnership, is due to start and finish in 1999.

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