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Fascinating details about the story of Future Systems' Media Centre at Lord's appear in Unique Building (WileyAcademy), just published. MCC committee member Brian Thornton, who was instrumental in pushing the scheme through, recounts how he took rival designs to the main committee of the MCC after some opposition to the Kaplicky/Levete scheme. Thornton won the day, not least because of 'great support' from those previously unsung heroes, former England caption Tony Lewis and lyricist Sir Tim Rice. It also helped that the president, at that time Oliver Popplewell, asked the committee to make its decision on aesthetic grounds. Needless to say in true British fashion, the cost then become crucial, and Thornton is honest about how certain missed deadlines (by the MCC) on decisions pushed up costs. In the end, although changes meant cost increases were justified, the job still came in over the budget Thornton had guaranteed members, and he felt obliged to fall on his sword at the annual general meeting. An honourable man.

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