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Tangle of red tape gives Farrell Chinese burn

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Terry Farrell & Partners has lost out on a £300 million Chinese National Grand Theatre design in a tortuous selection that strangled its design.

French state-owned Aeroports de Paris beat Farrell with a titanium dome with glass entrance and ornamental lakes and gardens. The scheme focuses on an opera auditorium and has 7000 seats.

Designs from more than 40 entries were shown in Beijing last June before judges whittled down the competition to Farrell and the French architect. Since then Farrell has spent hundreds of hours designing then redesigning the 120,000m2 scheme and shuttling to and from the Chinese capital. Waters were muddied by changing height and boundary restrictions. The site was moved from Tiananmeelen Square to behind the square and the Great Hall of the People.

A practice spokesman said: 'We are very disappointed because it has been so up and down and we didn't think the final stage had finished. We were hoping to meet the president in a few weeks.'

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