Comment on: Austin-Smith:Lord files for insolvency
It’s my opinion that ASL used the Middle East’s millions to keep people employed in the UK and would have continued to do so in the hope of emerging from this recession in an advantageous position in the domestic market, because let’s face it that’s where ASL’s real problems lay. A complete inability to win any new work in the Liverpool office for the past 18 months belies an office of over 50 staff. What we’re reading now would have happened a long time ago if it weren’t for the Abu Dhabi job. On a personal note as a former employee I’m saddened to see ASL go, it’s not so much the death of a company but the death of a way of working.
Comment on: Architect plans massive man-made mountain
^^^where is the song chief?
"And all the Twittering invitees could do last night was complain about the decor."
Yes, i feel much better now. Thanks Tony...I mean Gordon. Throw us a few platitudes, massage our ego's, everythings gravy. 3% fee? no problem, i just want to be creative.
Perhaps Architects should be looking at how they can financially benefit from speculative planning applications? If we are responsible for increasing the land value according to what we can get through planning then surely a % bonus on that land increase should be in order.
As usual though, Architects are more concerned with 'quality' and would gladly undercut each other and live off baked beans for the chance to design a ‘discursive contextual response’
Local Authorities should evaluate each application on its own merit and not be swayed by the suspicion it might be speculative. The country and Architecture is suffering enough at the moment.