rtkL's plans for the Financial Times building in London include dramatic external lighting to highlight the unique form of the glass and metal-clad building. The former print works designed by Nicholas Grimshaw in 1988 is to become a leisure centre with multiplex cinema and fitness centre surrounded by hard landscape and plaza (aj 11.6.98). The £20 million scheme will house 20 cinema screens and a number of restaurants. A joint venture company led by Richardson Developments is behind the plan. rtkl said that the 26,000m2 leisure scheme will involve minimal facade changes to the building, which has been empty since this January.
Two key bridges opened this week. Last Sunday, the final element of Dissing+Weitling's Great Belt link was opened to connect the Danish island of Zealand and Copenhagen to the European continent. The East Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Europe, with a main span of 1624m, and has264m-high pylons. And today (18 June) Prince Charles was due to open Chris Wilkinson Architects' Embankment Renaissance Bridge in Bedford. Locally nicknamed the Butterfly Bridge, it won an riba competition three years ago and was completed across the Great Ouse last November. The £375,000, 32m-span, double-arched cable-stayed bridge was completed in 22 weeks. Structural engineer was Jan Bobrowski & Partners.