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properTy Castleford Tigers stall on stadium plans

Rugby club Castleford Tigers may be forced to shelve plans for a new stadium and look at redeveloping its current ground. Last year Castleford signed

Westfield Brierley Hill mixed-use development

Visitor attraction planned for Brierley Hill

Plans for a major new leisure destina- tion featuring one of Europe’s highest indoor ropes courses have been unveiled at Westfield Merry Hill in Brierly Hill, West Midlands. Te urban-themed Quest attrac- tion, which will start a phased opening in November, is part of a £1m investment by Paragon Entertainment and features five new attractions including aerial rope courses, and a themed indoor adventure golf course. Occupying a total area in excess of 20,000sq ſt, Quest will include a café as well as an outdoor area which will host a changing programme of family-based lei- sure activities.

ARB apologises for Piano/Libeskind letter

Te government-appointed architecture watchdog ARB (Architects Registration Board) has apologised for suggesting that Renzo Piano and Daniel Libeskind should not be described as architects in the UK press. In early October, ARB sent a letter to Building Design magazine saying that nei- ther Piano nor Libeskind were registered with ARB – therefore being undeserving of the title. Piano is a former Pritzker Prize win-

ner and is famous for having designed the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France as well as Europe’s tallest building, Te Shard, in London. In a statement on 9 October, ARB’s

registrar Alison Carr said: “ARB has to investigate queries regarding individuals who use the title ‘architect’ in business or practice when they are not registered with ARB. In some cases, the public may genu- inely be misled by the use of the term, while in others this is highly unlikely to happen. I believe that the Building Design case falls into the latter category. “We should have been more cautious

so that we get the right message across at the right time, and for that I apologise.” Details:


a deal to sell its ground to a supermarket, which would fund the development of a 13,300 capacity stadium at out of town entertainment and retail centre, Glasshoughton. However, at a meeting

with fans, Castleford chief execut ive Steve Ferres described the team’s finan- cial situation as “precarious”. “Te current business model is not work-

ing,” he said. “We are falling short of Super League’s model club and we therefore need to look at ways to work smarter and generate new revenue streams.”

Te club’s plans for a new all-seater stadium have been put on ice A new membership scheme will be part

of the 2013 season ticket and 5,000 season- ticket holders are being targeted to ensure the club’s survival. As RFL regulations on stadium requirements are now being relaxed, the club may be able to redevelop its current site.

Lessons from Olympic construction ‘safe’

The future of the Learning Legacy website, which was launched by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to pass on valuable knowl- edge in construction projects, has been assured. While the ODA and its

operations will be wound up later this year, the website will be taken over and man- aged by the Major Projects Authority, a partnership between the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. “Te Learning Legacy ini-

tiative was created to ensure the lessons of delivering one of Europe’s largest construction proj- ects were preserved for future generations,” said Simon Wright, ODA director of venues and infrastructure. Te site comprises more than 300 papers put together by the ODA and its supply chain

Te Olympic Park - one of Europe’s largest ever construction projects

of companies and is the first time a construc- tion project in the UK had sought to capture knowledge on this scale. “So far it has been used by almost 43,000

people, 35 per cent being from overseas.” Details:

£50m Bournemouth leisure complex confirmed

Bournemouth councillors have given the green light for a £50m leisure complex, incorporating a multiplex and a range of restaurants. Developer Licet Holdings plans to start

work in the new year, with completion slated for autumn 2014, giving it a head start

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in the town’s cinema wars. The Licet pro- posal is the first of three multiplex schemes which have been mooted for Bournemouth: including a revamp of the Winter Gardens site and a third next to the Pavilion Teatre. Details:

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