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PFI bidders eye Prince'stown for police HQ

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Police Poundbury is the prospect for Prince Charles’ Dorchester suburb, where three pfi bidders are competing to design and fund a new Dorset divisional police headquarters. The architects are Architects Design Partnership, W S Atkins, and Terence O’Rourke. The building is likely to be about 4000m2 and stand on 1.6ha.

The hq is part of a five-building programme, with other buildings slated for sites in Weymouth and Bridgeport. ‘Financial provisions have been given the main weighting in choosing a shortlist,’ said the spokesman. But the police would have to be satisfied with the overall design.

John McAslan & Partners with Anthony Hunt has designed this motorway gantry system as part of a project by the Highways Agency to improve gantry design. Other teams to produce proposals included architects Yee Associates; David Marks, Julia Barfield; and Foster & Partners. The Highways Agency, which unveiled the designs at the Civils 98 exhibition yesterday, is to adopt the designs in major gantry contracts.

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