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THE JUBILEE Line Extension has been put forward as the centrepiece of the British pavilion at next year's Venice Biennale of Architecture, provided funds can be secured.

Plans suggested will see the JLE as 'the backbone' of the biennial exhibition and will celebrate UK design achievement. Despite finishing 20 months late and £1.4bn over budget, the new Tube line will be showcased as the force behind the regeneration of neglected parts of London.

However, before the proposals can be finalised, funding must be sought for the exhibition. Around £500,000 is needed from public grants and from private sector sponsorship.

The Venice Biennale will be held between next June and November and will showcase the best architecture and engineering fromaround the world. The British entry has been commissioned by the British Council, the Royal Academy of Arts and exhibition company Wordsearch.

The UK exhibition will be designed by architect Will Alsop of Alsop & Stormer, and could feature working models of the JLE, cross-sections through stations plus videos, plans and drawings. At the end of the Biennale, the UK exhibition will go on a world tour for the next 12 to 24 months, starting in London, as a means of promoting British expertise.

The British Council pointed out that no plans had been finalised as discussions over financing had just started. However, the organiser said it hoped the exhibition and subsequent planned world tour would provide a platform for promoting UK businesses.

Delivering the JLE, the third NCE supplement on the extension, is included with this issue.

Antony Oliver

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