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Top designer John Rocha in row over Dublin hotel design

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An architectural firm has warned fashion designer John Rocha it will sue him over 'exaggerated claims' about his involvement in the design of an award-winning Dublin hotel, writes Anthony Garvey.

The IR£12 million (about £9 million) Morrison Hotel, which opened last year on the city's Ormond Quay, has been widely praised for its striking modern design and is now one of the Irish capital's trendiest venues. It is the work of Dublin-based architect Douglas Wallace, but the firm has voiced concern and annoyance that in recent media interviews Rocha, who had been employed as a consultant on the project, was credited with being the hotel designer.

Solicitors for the firm have accused Rocha of misrepresenting his role and asked that he make a statement clarifying the position.One of the firm's principals, Hugh Wallace, said: 'We were the designers.We have the drawings for anyone to see.'

He added that Rocha was one of a number of consultants employed and that his involvement was being exaggerated. 'It was like an orchestra. He was a fundamental element, but he did not design it.'Wallace said he expected 'common sense to prevail' and that the dispute would be resolved without reaching the courts.

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