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Roadshow green light

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The Architecture Foundation has won central government cash to evaluate and disseminate its Roadshow programme. The detr has given it £54,000 from its Special Grants Programme to assess the impact of the Roadshow on people and the physical environment; publish a handbook of illustrated case studies; and initiate regional training workshops. A conference in Spring 2001 will follow.

Six of the best...

The Architecture Foundation has also shortlisted six practices from 97 applicants in its 'School Works' project to revitalise Kingsdale School in Southwalk. The six are: Bisset Adams, Buschow Henley, De Rijke Marsh Morgan, Education Design Group, Eric Van Egeraat Architects and Panter Hudspith Architects. The winner, which will be announced on 8 February, has been granted £5 million by the Department for Education and Employment to act as a blueprint for other schools.

... and six of the worst

A £200,000 classroom block for 10 and 11 year olds in East Sussex has been fitted out with cupboards, wcs and sinks designed for toddlers. The blunder followed a communication breakdown between the architectural and engineering consultant, Owen Williams, and the client, East Sussex County Council. Children have to kneel to wash their hands and can even see over the wc stalls. Account manager at Owen Williams in Lewes, Simon Barrett, said an inquiry into the £2,000 mistake was underway. 'We are hopeful to have the whole thing resolved in ten days,' he said. The school staff failed to notice the mistake during construction and only noticed the Lilliputian scale of the fittings when the builders knocked through into the existing building from the extension.

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