THE AJ APOLOGISES TO IAN RITCHIE
The AJ unreservedly apologises for the total misrepresentation of facts contained in the www. ajplus. co. uk article 'Ritchie rejected in Thames Gateway', published on 6 October and since withdrawn. It related to another design proposal by another firm of architects which was also in front of the Inspector and the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State [Tessa Jowell], commenting upon the illustrated schemes prepared by Ian Ritchie Architects on behalf of George Wimpey UK, 'agreed with CABE that they had the potential to improve the character and quality of the area, and to deliver a sustainable community. . .
[the scheme] offers a strong and clear vision, in particular in how views to the river from the ats and roof gardens inform the design of the buildings and their arrangement on the site.
This approach would also allow views through the site from the river and the landward side of the development. She also considers that the car park is successfully integrated into the scheme. . . The Secretary of State concludes that given the site's location by the river and a context that includes large structures and buildings, there is no reason why development of a scheme of this scale and height would be unacceptable'. The AJ has agreed to pay Ian Ritchie Architects £750 in compensation to its nominated charity, Médecins Sans Frontières.