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Wembley Stadium decisions rest on lottery handout

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Wembley Stadium is expecting a £120 million lottery handout within two weeks but its owner and the architect cannot yet say if the famous twin towers will be part of the eventual replacement.

The English National Stadium Trust, set up to build and run a new stadium, and Foster and Partners, which is designing it with hok and Lobb Partnership, refused to comment on whether the Grade II-listed towers would be knocked down. Trust director Bob Heaver said they would be either demolished or moved. He said: 'We have chosen the architect but cannot appoint it until we have the lottery money. We expect a planning application around May. No design work has started.'

A Brent council planning brief said any application should bear in mind English Heritage's view that the towers and linking building should be retained. eh said it met with the trust last week and agreed to consider arrangements for moving or reconstructing the towers, and said it would work with the designers.

Kenneth Powell of the Twentieth Century Society said it would like the concrete towers kept, but that they could not be moved and would have to be replicated. Was it worth it for purely ornamental towers, he asked.

'Outrageous' Bramante scheme given green light

Gabriele Bramante has just won planning permission for a Dover housing development. 'It's totally amazing,' she said of the decision. 'You can't believe that they would give planning permission for something so outrageous.'

The four-storey project has restaurants and a 'ginormous gym' that bursts out through the roof as 6m-high, free-form sculptural elements against the backdrop of one of Dover's town-facing cliffs.

The building is on a former playground on North Military Road. Bramante goes so far as to describe the decision as 'shocking', as if someone on the committee had decided that Dover should suddenly go mad.

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