Architecture Update: A landmark for the millennium

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THE architects of the new grandstand at Epsom, Richard Horden Associates, have won an international competition to design a tower for Glasgow that will symbolise the new millennium. Although the cost of constructing the 100m-high (330ft) tower is not known, there is a reasonable chance that the competition's backers, the Glasgow Development Agency and the Burrell Company, will raise the finance for the project in time for the millennium.

RHA's glass and steel structure will be capable of revolving 360 degrees when conditions are calm, and, for those with a head for heights, the architects have devised a system of counterbalanced lifts, each of which can hold 10 people. At the top of the tower will be a viewing cabin, which will be available for private hire.

A selection of the 50-plus submissions for the competition is on display at the Princes Square shopping centre in Glasgow; it will transfer to the Royal Institute of British Architects, Portland Place, London W1, on 10 February.

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