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Richard Rogers back on Welsh Assembly project

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The Welsh Assembly looks set to reappoint Richard Rogers Partnership to complete its Cardiff Bay parliament building, at a fixed cost of £48 million. Rogers was originally dropped from the project after a row over rising costs.

The RRP design team won the bid following a series of project presentations this week, and the full assembly will be asked to approve the contract during a plenary session next Tuesday. With only 11 Conservatives in the 60-strong Welsh Assembly likely to oppose the project, approval is expected to be a formality.

Contractor Taylor Woodrow, which will carry all risks with RRP as its subcontractor, will begin on site in August, with an occupation date set for September 2005.

The biggest design challenge on the project had been how to fix the wavy glass roof to the largely glass sides, said an assembly member who had attended the presentations.'But an engineering solution has now been found which accommodates the lack of interior walls, 'he said.

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