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Manchester to host Ando's first UK building

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Tadao Ando, the 1997 Royal Gold Medallist, is to design his first uk building - a pavilion structure forming part of a major redevelopment of Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens.

Ando is part of a team - including landscape architect edaw, lighting artist Peter Fink and engineer Ove Arup & Partners - which won an international design competition last week. The refurbishment is part of a larger regeneration scheme which includes the 1960s Piccadilly Plaza complex.

The scheme comprises bold landscape forms around an oval fountain court, with Ando's long, slender pavilion, with a curving wall, on the southern edge of the project. Large floral displays and a linear bench define the northern edge. A raised catwalk crosses the park, linking China Town to the city's Northern Quarter. Fink's lighting will create 'a blanket of ground-level animation' that will allow the park to be used at night as well as in daytime.

D&B Foundation scheme to link clients and architects

The Design Build Foundation is to launch a registration scheme next week to give clients quick access to government-approved organisations, including architects, used to working with the procurement method.

The scheme, launched at the House of Commons be hosted by Sir Sydney Chapman, is aimed at achieving the objectives laid down in the Egan report. dbf chairman Dr Bernard Rimmer told the aj that the 'very sophisticated' performance, benchmarking and accreditation scheme will be implemented in four parts - firstly for d&b contractors such as Laing or Tarmac, later in the year for designers including architects, later for specialist trade contractors and later still for clients. 'It's cutting edge, and people will be surprised by its vigour,' he said.

Attendees next week will include representatives from the Richard Rogers Partnership, Michael Aukett Architects, bdp, FaulknerBrowns, epr, Percy Thomas Partnership, Gensler, the Parr Partnership, degw, bre, Ove Arup, Lord Howie of Troon, the Right Honorable Peter Brooke and the arb's Andrew Finch - but no-one from the RIBA.

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