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Zaha gives up on UK after Glasgow proposal rejected

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Zaha Hadid is set to focus her efforts overseas after the failure of her latest bid to design a major British building.

'I've tried so many times I think at this point I might give it a rest for a while, ' Hadid told the AJ after her proposal for a futuristic apartment block in Glasgow lost out to RMJM last week. 'I am extremely busy so maybe I should just refocus on places that are more hospitable to us, ' she said.

Her plan, submitted for Glasgow City Council's Homes for the Future Project, was for a 'cluster of serpentine apartment blocks'. The complex would have formed a £10 million second stage to the project, founded for the city's 1999 year of architecture.

RMJM's Glasgow office and Bellway Homes, with a collaboration of architects from Anderson Christie, Zoo Architects and Guy Vaughan, have approval to design and build 141 units worth £18 million, including a 14-storey tower block.

The proposals were equal finalists in a six-team competition for the site. A working party of councillors approved the RMJM proposal after an independent panel of six judges was unable to select between two remaining competitors - a seventh tie-breaking judge was on his honeymoon when the panel met. Hadid questioned this procedure as 'ambiguous' and 'confusing'.

RMJM architect Ian Harper said the team's proposal was the largest residential project to be undertaken by the Glasgow office.

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