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Architect struck off for five counts of incompetence

A Leeds-based architect has been struck off after he failed to produce even the basic information needed to erect a domestic extension.

The ARB's professional conduct committee last week found Christopher Davis of David Bamford Partnership guilty on five counts of serious professional incompetence and his name was erased from the register.

Davis, who was not present at the hearing but wrote to the committee claiming mitigating circumstances, escaped two further charges.

The complaints related to a project for clients Mr and Mrs McGowan, to convert their garage into a kitchen and the existing kitchen into part of a dining room. Davis was engaged for the job in July 1999.

Committee chairman Peter Verdin found Davis guilty of five allegations. He failed to produce 'even the basic setting out and construction information necessary' for the contractor to safely build an extension that complied with regulations;

to issue adequate instructions to overcome design problems once the project had begun; to comply with key contractual requirements placed on him as the contract administrator; and to look after the interests of his clients by giving them adequate general advice and certification. Finally, during the job, his work 'fell below the standards of a reasonably competent architect'.

Verdin said in his judgement: 'We have had a picture placed before us of poor administration by the architect which has put the clients at risk, particularly with regard to matters of health and safety, which have caused the clients considerable inconvenience and considerable stress and loss.

'We feel there can be only one response to the seriousness of these charges and therefore order that Mr Davis' name be erased from the register.'

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