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17Feb94 UK: JACKER'S JOURNAL - THOMAS CUBITT.

It is not often a builder is immortalised in stone - or bronze, for that matter. Not for them perpetual battle with that social leveller - the London pigeon.Taking his place belatedly in the hall of fame is Thomas Cubitt, seen here quarter-sized, yardstick in hand, and looking meaningfully at a pile of bricks.Cubitt as you may know, built large tracts of early Victorian Mayfair, and the less well known Cubitt Town in London's East End largely destroyed by German bombing.The Duke of Westminster and Dame Shirley Porter, of the 5p cemeteries fame, are among the patrons of the memorial fund hoping to raise £100,000 to erect a full-sized bronze statue. The location they have in mind is a bomb site at the apex of the Denbigh triangle, a Cubitt development in Pimlico, now refurbished by The Sanctuary Housing Group for social needs housing.There is a delightful irony that the housing association could not find any use for the triangular plot of land other than as a home for Cubitt's statue. Its excuse - it could not be developed 'within building cost yardsticks'.Mr Cubitt's original yardstick - the statue depicts him using it to check a delivery of bricks - must have been a truly marvellous instrument. He managed to build a house on the tiny plot and at a time when London property prices were a good deal lower.But the statue has one final hurdle to clear before it can be built.As a planning condition the Department of Heritage is demanding the statue's trustees pay a certain sum to cover future cleaning costs.True to the imaginative approach to finance that certain of the patrons are noted for, one of fund's organisers has commented: 'At that price we might consider hiring Mrs Mopp with a bucket and saving ourselves the 20,000 quid.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS