Candidates vie for lottery boon

The Millennium Commission is poised to yield opportunities for designers and architects as proposals for an estimated ú1.

The Millennium Commission is poised to yield opportunities for designers and architects as proposals for an estimated ú1.6bn National Lottery money flood in.

Deadline is 30 April, and the commission has already received 1000 applications for funds.

Rejections will be circulated in May, and site visits for potentially successful applicants will take place in June and July. A shortlist will be drawn up in July and successful bids identified in October.

A ú50m National Science Centre at Farnborough Airfield in Hampshire is one of the first proposals to be lodged.

“If we get through, we’ll be approaching London consultancy Smithfield Design,” confirms Alex Crawford, project director of the Bronzeoak Consortium, which is project manager for the centre.

A centre on the Isle of Skye, Bail’Ur Ostaig, which means “a place for cultural renewal”, is proposed by Skye and Lochalsh Enterprise. “We’re asking for ú10m of the ú20m budget,” says chief executive Lorne MacLeod, who is planning a contest to select architects and designers.

A Millennium Clocks project has been proposed by Chris Bailey, director of Brighton arts organisation Same Sky. It suggests a commissioned series of 40 public clocks to be set in motion at midnight on 31 December 1999.

Bailey has applied for ú5m of the ú6m required, and will organise a national competition to find designers for the project.

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