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Three teams shortlisted for Marsham Street job

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Terry Farrell & Partners, I M Pei with Fitzroy Robinson, and bdp have lined up in the final race to redevelop the former detr block in London's Marsham Street.

The architects gave their presentations to the government last week and a winner is to be chosen within a fortnight, said the Home Office. The plans are to turn the 1971 building into a new Home Office headquarters thought to cost around £60 million - but the government could still throw out all bids.

The teams include Farrell with the developer Godfrey Bradman and Mace. Fitzroy Robinson, which has worked with I M Pei on its proposal, has joined with Bovis. bdp has teamed up with Jarvis Projects.

The Home Office said evaluation of the proposals was well advanced and the speed of the decision would depend on the Treasury. The Property Advisers to the Civil Estate said the decision would be made on value-for-money grounds, as with all PFI projects. 'There are economic arguments for re- using the building in the short term, but equally, everybody agrees it's a building that ought to come down,' it said.

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