Dorset police have trimmed a shortlist of three to two in their search for an arresting pfi design for a new headquarters, which could end up being built in Prince Charles’ Poundbury.
The designer of the scheme, likely to be a building of about 4000m2 standing on 16ha, will now be either Terence O’Rourke, working for Jarvis and thought to be interested in a site in Poundbury; or Norwest Holst with W S Atkins, thought to be interested in a site in Weymouth. The client is believed to have dropped Architects Design Partnership/ Osborne Property Group, which had also proposed a Poundbury Police hq, on grounds of cost.
Although a spokesman for the police would not confirm why adp had fallen out of favour, he said that he hoped a deal would be struck by Christmas.
Sydney Opera House turned down for unesco nomination
Australian Prime Minister John Howard has refused to nominate the Sydney Opera House for unesco’s list of world heritage sites.
Swiss architect and urbanist Fritz Stuber, the first visiting Lend Lease professor of urban design at the University of Sydney, has written an open letter to Howard, describing the decision as ‘unjustified and difficult to understand’ and calling for it to be reversed as soon as possible.