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Well endowed

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Stirring times for Rory Coonan, erstwhile head of the Arts Council architecture unit, now design and competitions consultant. Coonan was responsible for dreaming up 'Nesta', the National Endowment for Science and the Arts, whose formal launch (accompanied by the promise of £300 million of Lottery funding) took place this week. He is still working on a policy document outlining how architecture and design can benefit from the fund. Meanwhile another of his projects will come to life in a fortnight's time: work will formally start on the improvement of Hungerford Bridge, to designs by Lifschutz Davidson, where Coonan has been consultant. Juggling lottery funding, Westminster council and Railtrack takes some doing. Perhaps he should apply for a Nesta grant.

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