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Latest Ethelburga design rebuilds on tradition

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A redesign for St Ethelburga, the Grade-I listed church almost destroyed by an ira bomb, has been unveiled by Purcell Miller Tritton.

The 8 April launch with John McCarthy and Terry Waite coincided with a fund appeal launch for the £3.9 million cost. The main building will be a centre for reconciliation and peace for victims of terrorism.

The architects have blended timber fragments and chunks of masonry salvaged from the 1993 blast into the traditional rebuild at Bishopsgate. Behind the church, a courtyard will be flanked with modern, masonry offices.

A planning application goes in after Easter and the project could be up and running by the Millennium. The client is the Bishop of London, Rt Reverend Richard Chartres.

Friends of St Ethelburga, formed after the bomb blast, said the architects would ensure the design was 'far from a mere pastiche of the previous church', but made a sensitive distinction between old and new parts.

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