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Nothing to sing about

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The death of Edmund Ward, the 'W' in what is now gmw Partnership, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary year, recalls the time when he was redesigning the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. As a brilliant draughtsman, he came up with a scheme deliberately intended to shock members of the glc planning team, who were at a loss as to how to react. This was compounded when Ward then described what he had designed as the first in a contemporary style known as 'kinky' architecture. Needless to say it never went ahead, on the grounds of cost as much as style, and now here we are 30 years later and the redevelopment is still under construction.

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