The English National Stadium Trust has confirmed that the consortium including Foster and Partners, hok and the Lobb Partnership is to design the new £320 million replacement for Wembley Stadium. The team won the job in a competitive interview against Michael Hopkins and Partners and Arup Associates.
Hackney council is launching an internet-based document management system for viewing architects' drawings, planning applications and decisions. Some 24 tons of documents, going back to 1947, have been scanned into Hackney Images for Planning. www.planning.hackney.gov.uk
Culture minister Chris Smith and planning and regeneration minister Richard Caborn will speak at a Royal Town Planning Institute conference on 2 to 5 June. The Bournemouth event on the theme of vision and fun will look at housing capacity and urban villages, tel: 0171 636 9107
A rural checklist has been launched on choosing the best housing developments in the countryside. The list from the Council for the Protection of Rural England deals with costs and benefits, local economic conditions and councils' development policies. Free copies from CPRE Checklists, 25 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PP (A5 sae).
Studio E Architects is to submitt planning applications for two stress- ribbon footbridges in a few weeks. They will go over the River Medway in Maidstone, Kent, as part of an £8.2 million rejuvenation called The Maidstone River Park Millennium Project. Broadway Malyan Architects have been appointed to develop concept designs and detailing for park features along the 10km strip of the river.
Lees Associates has designed a new furniture shop for Lord Linley on London's Pimlico Road. The design extended the existing shop into three adjacent buildings, created an exhibition space with glass atrium, a design studio on the second floor and two flats above.