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Grant blow leaves Patel Taylor without a brimful of Asha

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Plans for a multi-faith visitor centre in north-west London designed by Patel Taylor Architects have received a body blow with the withdrawal of £10 million in Lottery funding, it has emerged.

The Millennium Commission pulled the grant to the Asha Foundation because its funding plans were not ready on time and because the visitor centre did not appear viable. Patel Taylor had already won outline planning permission for the scheme, including a faith gallery and a museum of migration recounting the story of population movements to and from the British Isles. The commission has been open in its search for projects which represent ethnic minorities and described the grant withdrawal as 'a great disappointment'.

Project leader Ian Gifford said a second application would be made to the commission, but even if a grant is awarded, the scheme will be at least one year behind schedule.

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