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Tricorn to disappear...

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Portsmouth's famous Brutalist landmark the Tricorn Centre may finally be demolished if a joint venture between British Land and Taylor Woodrow to develop a giant new retail scheme in the city is signed in the coming weeks.

The Owen Luder-designed building is vacant and work has started on taking out asbestos. But the building will make way for a scheme of up to 60,000m2 of uncovered retail shopping in the centre by the two developers - estimated to cost £150 million to build.

Portsmouth council's policy and development manager Ron Tate told the aj the scheme, with feasibility studies being prepared by Stanley Bragg of Colchester and Chapman Taylor, represented the chance to rid itself of an ugly building at the gateway to the South Coast city and get a new image. 'Half of the city centre would be post-1980s development,' he said. 'The Tricorn was the most hated building in the city, a blot on the landscape which was affecting Portsmouth's prosperity.'

Specialist retail developer Centros Miller is also involved, and the council, which owns some of the land, is keen to attract a new department store.

But a stay of execution is likely - it could be two years before a possible start is made on site and two more before it is finished.

...as Gosport emerges

Gosport Marina is the site for a two-stage open design competition launched for client Camper & Nicholson. The brief is to design an 'outstanding' building on a landmark site on the Portsmouth Harbour waterfront, comprising a capitainerie (control tower), bar, restaurant and lounge facilities. Details: 0113 2341335.

Scottish conference

'Creating an Architecture Policy for Scotland' is to look at how architects and other construction and property professionals can affect the content of a new policy. Speakers will include Stuart Mac-Donald, director of the Lighthouse; Sebastian Tombs, secretary of rias; Robert Docter, head of architecture in the Nether-lands ministry of education, culture and science. The conference at Edinburgh's Our Dynamic Earth is on 1 October. Contact Eric Young 0131 455 2808.

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