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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
The Public goes into administration
The great white elephant of the north, The Public, a doomed project really from the start and estimated to have cost over £53m even though it's not even been finished yet, has called in the administrators. Comment from the Express and Star here which quotes the chief executive saying that the building may never open and that the project may have to pay back around £10m of EU funding that they received.

What a waste of public money on something so mismanaged and so clearly flawed. The Will Alsop-designed building (with interior design by our office neughbour Ben Kelly) was not even finished and already the organisation was employing 85 people. No wonder they've got financial problems. Yet even just last year, after the project was already well behind schedule, the Arts Council included the project in its case studies of arts and regeneration. Draw your own conclusions.

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