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HM Customs & Excise has backed down from its threat to charge VAT on the construction of Liam O'Connor Architects' £2.4 million memorial to Commonwealth soldiers killed in the Second World War (AJ 14.6.01). The decision follows a campaign by the Memorial Gates Trust to get the project zero-rated, after a VAT demand threatened to add £200,000 to costs. The Commonwealth Memorial Gates, on Constitution Hill in London, will include four stone pillars next to a new pavilion. Work should begin in September, with completion due early in 2002.

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