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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands goes back to the drawing board with Jewish Community Centre

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Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ (LDS') competition-winning scheme to design the new Jewish Community Centre (JCC) in Hampstead, north London has been sent back to the drawing board.

In April last year the practice was chosen ahead of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Foreign Office Architects and Rafael Viñoly in the contest to mastermind the 'architecturally ambitious' 7,000m2 Finchley Road project.

But last week,'following the change in the economic climate', the JCC board asked LDS ‘to explore other options for a JCC on the Finchley Road site’.

Nick Viner, chief executive of the JCC, said: ‘We are obviously disappointed that we cannot go ahead with the current scheme and want to pay tribute to [LDS director] Alex Lifschutz and the whole design team for their outstanding work.

‘Meanwhile, I remain absolutely committed to the project and its long-term vision to create a Jewish community centre for the community.’

At the time of writing no one from LDS was available for comment.

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