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Richard Rogers Partnership has been given the green light to start on site with its £26.9 million design for the Welsh Assembly building in Cardiff after assembly members voted against proposals for a smaller half-price alternative. The politicians voted 48 for the scheme and only nine against after RRP argued that there was no comparison between the two schemes, both by RRP, in terms of function, cost and architecture.

Work will start in January 2001.

Sidell Gibson Partnership has submitted a planning application for a major mixed-use canal-side development at Paddington Goods Yard in London (pictured).

The scheme includes 34,000m 2ofoffices in two nine-storey buildings, 210 apartments in two eleven-storey pavilions and more than 7000m 2of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities in a colonnade at the base of the residential section.

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