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Gehry set to grow Hove towers after CABE and EH mauling

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Frank Gehry's radical plans for a pair of towers on the Hove seafront are set to grow, not shrink, as a result of the redesign, the AJ has learned.

The American superstar was forced to rethink the scheme - dubbed 'Tin Can Towers' by locals - after it was savaged by both CABE and English Heritage at the end of last year.

But, according to Gehry's long-term UK collaborator Piers Gough, this redesign is likely to result in the two towers being extended upwards.

Gough said this was because CABE had slammed the surrounding residential development and sports centre.

If all the 'demanded social housing' is to be squeezed on to the site while reducing the massing of the lower-rise buildings, Gough told the AJ, it will inevitable force the towers upwards.

'If CABE and the pernicious planning system is insisting that the perimeter buildings are too big then the towers will have to become larger,' Gough said.

'Its only logical that the towers should become bigger as a consequence. And I can't see this being a problem.'

Gough also vociferously dismissed rumours that Gehry had walked away from the scheme.

'Its nonsense,' he said. 'Frank is in the process of getting his team in to gear again. He has accepted the desire for a redesign.'

by Ed Dorrell

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