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Frank Gehry threatens to leave Miami project

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Frank Gehry is threatening to pull out of his New World Symphony project in Miami over reports of fee disputes and political inertia

Gehry’s involvement in the US$ 154 million (£105 million) scheme – which features a concert hall, 10,000m² park and parking garage – is looking increasingly doubtful, claims the Miami Herald. The client, Miami Beach, is reported to have requested the New World Symphony get Gehry to reduce his fee or replace him with a cheaper designer for the park.

Construction on the concert hall is proceeding as planned but according to reports, the client is unhappy with Gehry’s fee for the park design and faces a US$ 2 million (£1.37 million) overrun on the garage. Meanwhile, Gehry says the $10 million (£6.87 million) construction budget for the public park was too small to achieve the objective of creating a ‘front porch’ for the concert hall.

Reports state that Gehry has quit the park project but is still willing to oversee the final designs before approval. He also claims to be willing to walk away from the entire project if the client continues to exaggerate and misrepresent his fees.

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