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ScottWhitbystudio’s contest-winning Modern Maypole shelved

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ScottWhitbystudio and WhitbyWood’s competition-winning proposal for a temporary maypole on London’s Strand has been put on hold

The landmark ‘Modern Maypole’ was planned to be constructed on a prominent site outside St Mary-le-Strand Church in time for this summer’s London Festival of Architecture (LFA) but has been postponed due to a lack of funding.

An LFA spokesperson said: ‘Unfortunately we have been unable to secure funding in time for the project to proceed as planned in 2018, but nevertheless we remain hopeful that the project will go ahead in time for the London Festival of Architecture in 2019.’

The winning design, by father-and-son duo architect Alex-Scott Whitby and engineer Mark Whitby, was chosen in December ahead of designs by Interrobang, Scale Rule, Spheron Architects, Hardman Structural Engineers with Studio Verve, and Thomas Randall Page with Benedetta Rogers and Cake Industries.

The scheme, inspired by the South Bank’s long-lost Skylon, featured a tower comprising 32 golden maypoles,  each representing a London borough.

The Modern Maypole project was backed by the Northbank Business Improvement District (BID) and was planned to form the centrepiece of the next LFA in June.

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  • Maybe someone could cough up a little of their loot from the garden bridge project to fund this genuinely worthwhile idea - and provide some little compensation to those of us who found themselves involuntarily funding Boris's very costly flight of fancy?

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