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Scottish seaside cliff hanger

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The rias has launched a competition to design a £3.3 million marine centre on an open headland overlooking the North Sea from Eyemouth on the Scottish Borders coast. Set on the edge of the coastal slope it will include deep sea water tanks, simulated sea bed, observation gallery and teaching and performance space. Tel: 0131 229 7545

Villagers are petitioning planners after a man who spent two months chipping 1960s pebble-dash render from his 19th-century stone cottage was told he faced court. Forest of Dean council told Adam Alexander his cottage in St Briavels, Gloucestershire should be kept in the same condition as when listed in the 1980s. Neighbours felt the planning department was run by idiots, said Mr Alexander. But the council argued historically, buildings had to change and owners could not put them back to how they looked in a previous age.

An old Bryant and May match factory at Garston, Merseyside has taken its first tenants in its new guise as a business village. In-house designers from Urban Splash developers converted 4,000m2 into 13 light industrial units. Part of a £30 million project, it includes listed-building conversion and a new office block.

Architects Communicating Architecture, an exhibition for Architecture Week, has moved from the Concord Gallery in High Holborn to the Building Design Centre in Store Street West London. The free exhibition features audio visual work, models and images by designers including Richard Rogers and Terry Farrell, and runs until 17 January.

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