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Liam O'Connor

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Liam O'Connor last week won the competition to design the new £1.9 million memorial gates on Constitution Hill, London (above left). But the choice sparked controversy, and outgoing English Heritage chairman, Jocelyn Stevens, condemned the designs as 'inelegant' and 'a world joke'. eh's views could hamper progress on the project as the conservation body is due to be consulted in the planning process. Other entrants included Alsop & Stormer whose designs for green glass gates (above right) featured a commemorative statement to be chosen by the Memorial Gates Trust. The gates are meant to commemorate the role of the peoples of the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Caribbean who volunteered to serve in the British armed forces in the First and Second World Wars.

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