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Fountains fit for a princess

PUBLISHED: 15:57 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:08 25 August 2010

A DESIGN company best known for its Princess Diana memorial in Hyde Park is to be let loose on a town centre.

A DESIGN company best known for its Princess Diana memorial in Hyde Park is to be let loose on a town centre.

Woolwich's General Gordon Square and neighbouring Beresford Square are to be overhauled by Anglo-American architects Gustafson Porter.

Whilst the company's website lists various high-profile contracts including Battersea Power Station, pride of place is given to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

The stone structure - an 80 metre wide oval ring that cost £5.2 million - was fraught with problems when it opened in 2004.

After leaves immediately blocked the drains and a few visitors slipped over in the water, the fountain had to be closed within days so it could be fixed.

Let's hope Gustafson Porter don't screw up Woolwich's historic squares.

Admittedly, any renovation work on General Gordon Square is unlikely to knock it down a style-notch.

The fountain currently trickling water there is far from paddle-safe and reports of councillors from Woolwich Town Hall frolicking there are at an all time low.

Neil Porter, of Gustafson Porter, said: "We intend to create two well functioning squares that will help Woolwich in its regeneration effort, which will be distinctive and memorable and enjoyed by local people for many years to come.

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