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Walking in a winter Sunderland

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Work on Napper Architects' Sunderland Winter Garden is due to start shortly in a Victorian city-centre park (aj 11.2.99). The 750m2 domed cylindrical temperate glasshouse - in the form of a 14m-high, 18m-diameter drum - houses curved paths sweeping through the building and around plants, and small bridges to take visitors across a narrow internal pond. The glass walls give views of parkland and a nearby museum.

Napper beat Stanton Williams, Leeds-based Allen Tod Architects and Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects in a national competition last year. Project director Eric Carter said the £3 million scheme will not be a pastiche of a nearby bombed Paxton-style greenhouse, but will use the most up-to- date technology.

It is part of a £13 million project including refurbishment of the museum by Sunderland council architects, and a park upgrade. The scheme won £3.8 million from the Heritage Lottery last week.

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