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SMC Alsop, the firm created last month when Stuart McColl's SMC Group took over Alsop Design, has won planning permission for this extension to Wakefield's Grade II*-listed Orangery. The approval, granted this week, represents the fi rst major success for the new office. The scheme, when complete, will feature a new glazed pavilion, which will be a 'creative centre for the built environment'. Backed by both CABE and Arts Council England, the project will also provide conference facilities. The Orangery - which in the past 300 years has acted as a school, a bathhouse, a burial site and a zoological garden - is at the centre of a site set around the city's railway station that is earmarked for regeneration. Also this week, SMC Alsop was shortlisted in the international competition for a 'Garden Ring City' in Singapore.

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