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Prison workshop kicks off architecture roadshows

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The first of the Architecture Foundation's roadThe heart of Moscow is to house a design by John Seifert Architects. The curved-fronted 400-bed hotel, shopping centre and 12,000m 2of offices will stand opposite the Russian parliament on the Moscow River. Russian designer A Meerson & Partners will collaborate with Seifert on the scheme, with a 14-storey atrium. The site is owned by the country's MOST Bank and the design is at its planning stage.

show workshops will be held this Saturday at Wormwood Scrubs, moderated by AJ editor Paul Finch.

This is the first of nine such workshops to be held in Hammersmith and Fulham, which is the first of four London boroughs participating in the scheme. Councillor Sally Powell of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, speaking at the launch, said, 'We didn't want to raise expectations without the reality of achieving something. Resources back each of these initiatives - they will become a reality.'

The funding, she said, came from a variety of sources - Single Regeneration Budget, Section 106 agreements and the council's own resources. It was the fact that they had money available that caused the council to choose these sites from a much longer list of potential ones.

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