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Scorned Alsop lashes out at Brum station scheme

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Will Alsop has launched a fierce attack on the regeneration of Birmingham, after Network Rail dropped his practice from the scheme to transform the city's New Street Station.

The Stirling Prize winner said he was 'extremely disappointed' after it was decided his new practice - born from the financially troubled Alsop Architects - should do no further work on the project.

He warned that 'engineers should not be left in charge' of his radical proposals, which are now owned by Network Rail.

'They will end up with something that is nothing like as good as our designs, ' Alsop told the AJ.

'I love Birmingham, but it is not perceived like Manchester and it needs to be asked why.

'The city has made so many improvements, such as in the Bullring and with the Selfridges building. I have also been really impressed with the work the city has done in the Victorian Quarter.

'But the one dominant feature is New Street Station, which is appalling, and you really can't ignore it. Now they have decided, amazingly, to put it in the hands of some engineering-led consortium.' He added that the only answer to these problems would be for a practice such as his own to take on the work. 'The city needs someone like us to do it. In the right hands it could be a great project, but they need a great architect to oversee it, ' he said.

However, the London-based practitioner insisted that Birmingham may yet get the scheme he believes it deserves. 'We have not ruled out hooking up with an engineer and having another go at the project, ' Alsop added.

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