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2012 World Monuments Watch published

Nearly 70 locations across 41 countries and territories, including some in the UK, have been included on the World Monument Fund’s (WMF) 2012 World Monuments Watch. London’s South Bank Centre is featured on the latest list, in addition to Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire and the ruins of Coventry’s former Cathedral Church of St Michael. Te World Monument Watch has been

published on a biennial basis since 1996 in order to raise awareness of important cul- tural-heritage sites in need of assistance.

Facelift for Statue of Liberty

Atkins, the international engineering and design con- sultancy, has been appointed to lead the US$27.4m (€19.8m, £17.5m) renovation pro- gramme at the Statue of Liberty in New York, US. The company has been

chosen by the US National Parks Service to carry out “life safety” improvements at the landmark, which will commence in November this year. Atkins will manage the construction works process as part of the scheme, which will feature the replacement of ele- vators; accessibility upgrades; and enhanced security and fire systems. Gary Self, project manager for Atkins, said:

Renovation work on the statue and visitor facilities will begin November

“Besides the American eagle, few other sym- bols represent freedom in the way that the Statue of Liberty does. We couldn’t be more proud to be associated with a programme that

Te new building will be located in Edmonton

Design team chosen for Alberta museum

Ledcor Design-Build (Alberta) has been appointed by the Government of Alberta to deliver the new Royal Alberta Museum in the centre of downtown Edmonton, Canada. Te team, which features Ledcor Construction, DIALOG Design and Lundholm Associates Architects, was selected following an evaluation of four shortlisted applicants. It is anticipated that the new attraction

will provide double the space currently offered by the existing museum and will be able to exhibit all of its artefacts in one location. Multi-purpose spaces includ- ing a theatre, a café and outdoor terraces are planned as part of the scheme, which is designed to enhance the visitor experi- ence and increase accessibility. Ray Danyluk, Alberta’s minister of infra-

structure, said: “Tis is the right design for our new museum. It truly expresses our province’s history, landscapes, and poten- tial. Like our province, our new museum will represent the best of what the world has to offer, celebrating our past, our pres- ent and our future.” Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel added:

“We have chosen a design that reflects the importance of both the new location in the heart of our city, and more significantly, the legacy it will house.”


will make her safer and more accessible to vis- itors in the future.” Te Statue of Liberty will remain closed to

visitors for a year while work is carried out, but Liberty Island will continue to be open to the public.

African American music museum planned

A new US$47.5m (£30m, €34m) national attraction examining the heritage of African American music is being planned for Nashville, US, with a proposed opening date of 2013. Te National Museum of

African American Music (NMAAM) is to focus on the impact of African Americans on contemporary music in the US, with roots in around 50 genres. It had been proposed that the attraction would also cover art and culture under the banner of the Museum of African American Art, Music and Culture, but its focus has been redefined. NMAAM will provide 16,000sq ſt (1,486sq

m) of floorspace for temporary and perma- nent exhibits; a 215-seat performance hall; a

Te museum will boast more than 16,000sq ſt of exhibition floor space

reading room; and community classrooms. Other planned features include a 64ſt (19.5m) Tower of Impact to symbolise the National Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as a museum shop and boutique café.

Design team sought for Navy Pier scheme

Navy Pier, one of the most popular visitor attractions in Chicago, US, has launched a global search for a design team to draw up plans for the redevelopment of outdoor pub- lic spaces. Te announcement is the first step towards bringing its Centennial Vision to

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fruition, which aims to transform the his- toric attraction. Upscale dining and entertainment options

and more appealing public spaces to capita- lise on the pier’s “unique setting” are among the plans for the Navy Pier.

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