The much-loved Skylon looks increasingly likely to be rebuilt in the next two years, according to the man masterminding the project to bring it back.
RIBA president-elect Jack Pringle wants to build the legendary cigar-shaped landmark in its former position on London's South Bank and he believes the scheme is achievable, given a realistic timetable.
Pringle was asked to take on the project by the Royal Academy back in July (Astragal, AJ 15.7.04), but hopes that the structure could be back in place by the end of this summer have proved to be too ambitious.
However, Pringle is still in talks with key parties in a bid to gain support before submitting his propsals for planning permission. 'I'm pretty confident it is do-able and it would cost under a million to build.
You get a lot of bangs for your bucks with Skylon, ' he said.
Built in 1951, the original Skylon was designed by Powell and Moya for the Festival of Britain.