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FUTURE SHOCKS VICTORIANS

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Future Systems' design for Selfridges in Birmingham divided conservationists last week when English Heritage said the building will be 'a powerful force for good' and the Victorian Society described it as inappropriate and 'a cross between a dolphin and a courgette'.

The society is concerned about the building's impact on the neighbouring Grade II*-listed St Martin's Church, but EH's commissioners were unanimous in their backing.

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