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Terry Farrell donates his archive to Newcastle University

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Terry Farrell is to donate his archive of models, sketches and other artefacts to Newcastle University

The Postmodern architect and urban planner also announced a donation of £1 million to create a Farrell Centre at the university where he received a first class honours degree in 1960.

The building will house an  ‘urban room’ comprising an architectural exhibition centre and a start-up space for recent graduates – one of the recommendations of his Farrell Review from 2014. This will be open to the public to learn about the city of Newcastle.

Farrell’s extensive collection includes thousands of items relating to his creation of iconic designs such as the MI6 Building in London, the Embankment Place development above Charing Cross station and Beijing South Station in China.

The archive also features pieces from his schooldays in Newcastle and his time studying architecture at the university in the 1950s.

Farrell said: ‘I’m delighted that my extensive archive will find a permanent home here, and that the Farrell Centre will be a focus for exhibition and debate about city-making in my home town.’

Newcastle University president professor Chris Day said: ‘We are incredibly proud that Terry Farrell, one of the world’s most eminent architects, is a Newcastle University graduate.

‘We are honoured he has chosen to donate his archive to the place where he began his journey in architecture and urban design. His generous gift will help to preserve this impressive collection for the future.’

Farrell developed the Newcastle Quayside masterplan as well as a masterplan for the university campus, and designed the city’s International Centre for Life.

He was made a visiting professor at the University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape in 2016, and an honorary freeman of Newcastle the same year. He has also won the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Gold Medal and the RIBA International Award.

Pre-tax profit at his practice, Farrells, was £1.09 million in the year to the end of March 2017.

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