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British Library's architect dies
Professor Wilson with Sir Peter Blake's painting The Beatles 1962
Professor Sir Colin Wilson was an avid art collector for 50 years
An award-winning architect who designed the British Library and was knighted for his services to the trade has died.

Professor Sir Colin Wilson, who taught architecture at Cambridge University, also developed plans for the British Museum and Liverpool's Civic Centre.

Essex-born Wilson's long-running design for the British Library, which he dubbed a "thirty-year war", earned him short listing for the Stirling prize.

Wilson, who lived in Cambridge, passed away on Monday, aged 85.

Wilson, known as Sandy, was born the son of the Bishop of Chelmsford, in the town in 1922.

His recent work included extending the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex, in 2006, a project which saw him shortlisted for the 2007 Gulbenkian Prize and RIBA awards.

Aside from architecture, he collected art and donated about 400 works worth a total of 5m to the Pallant House Gallery, including a Sir Peter Blake portrait of the Beatles and works by Lucien Freud and Richard Hamilton.


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