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Tuesday29 July 2014

Rogers to help rebuild Italian village

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Vernazza was hit by mudslides a year ago

Richard Rogers has drawn up plans to help rebuild the village of Vernazza on the Italian Riviera, which was destroyed by a series of land slides last year.

Three people lost their lives following the events on October 25, with mud more than 4m deep burying the streets.

Rogers’ son Bo, who was staying in Vernazza at the time, survived the landslides but died a couple of days later in the nearby city of Viareggio.

Ernesto Bartolini, Rogers’ Itallian cousin and collaborator, told The Times: “The love for Vernazza and the memory of their son is what is moving Richard and Ruthie to help.”

Rogers’ plans include rebuilding affected parts of the village with local materials and replanting native trees. Street furniture and lighting is also included in the proposals and sandstone will be used to re-pave the high street and piazza.

The costs have been estimated at £2 million with work due to start in January.

The plans will be presented to the public next week.

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