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Libeskind and Gough battle it out over war memorial site

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Daniel Libeskind and Piers Gough have been shortlisted for a £15 million war memorial and exhibition centre, after Levitt Bernstein Associates' memorial plans for the site were blasted by a charity for war-blitzed civilians.

The Civilians Remembered Trust called on the two top names to draw up individual sketch schemes for the Thames-side site in Wapping, East London. The charity met heritage minister Alan Howarth last week and was advised on how to bid for £11.25 million of Heritage Lottery funding.

Levitt Bernstein won an riba competition last autumn to design a memorial for the 0.8ha Hermitage site. Berkeley Homes, which is paying for the memorial and 100 flats, has agreed to quit work and sell the site if the charity can raise the cash by February.

John Alderton, a trustee of the charity, said that locals were unimpressed with Levitt Bernstein's design, a curving wall of varying heights. However, Matthew Goulcher, director of the designers, said the scheme was supported by the riba, English Heritage and the council. 'We have not been contacted by Berkeley Homes, which pulls the strings.'

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