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Designer sought for British consulate in Nigeria

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A competition has been launched to find an architect to design the new British High Commission office in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has unveiled the design brief for a £25 million complex in the hope of attracting 'design teams' from around the world.

As well as the main 5,000m2 administrative block, architects are expected to come up with proposals for 10 new staff houses and the 'associated security works'.

The institution which, among other things, offers consular service to British citizens and helps out with visas and passports, wants to name a three-strong shortlist before announcing an eventual winner later in the year.

The High Commission wants to move into the new building by 2011 and the deadline for 'requests to participate' is 28 February.

For more information about the project visit www.ted.europa.eu, reference: OJEU 2007/S 14-016171.

by Richard Waite

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