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Design tsar's parting shot at EICC

posted 15 Sep 2009, 17:00 by David Rintoul   [ updated 29 Oct 2009, 12:27 ]

The controversial "design tsar" for Scotland's capital has triggered a huge row during his last week in post by claiming the city is set to ruin the look of its flagship conference centre – a building for which he was once the main architect.

Sir Terry Farrell, who has been accused by critics of remaining "mute" while controversy has raged over major developments during his tenure as Edinburgh's design champion, launched an outspoken attack on new plans to extend the multi-million pound complex yesterday, several years after being ditched from the project.

The London-based architect, who also masterplanned Edinburgh's financial district in the 1990s, said the latest proposals for the long-delayed extension "severely damage" the integrity of the existing building and treat it with "considerable contempt".

Sir Terry's practice had been the joint architects for the initial extension plans, but they were shelved when the original developers pulled out.


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