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The culture secretary has shelved a meeting at the South Bank Centre aimed at throwing a lifeline to its all-butdoomed roof design by Lord Rogers. Chris Smith was to meet South Bank leaders, the Arts Council, Lambeth councillors and the Government Office for London on Tuesday.

The talks, believed to focus on pressing a case for the scheme's regeneration elements rather than arts, were postponed because of the unveiling of ideas for inside the Millennium Dome.

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