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I am very surprised that EH found little evidence that Farmer & Dark were well regarded. In G.E. Kidder Smith's book 'The New Architecture of Europe' published in Pelican Books in 1962, two of their projects are included out of a total of only 23 listed for the whole of the British Isles.. These are the Bowater Paper Works in Northfleet (1958) and Marchwood Power Station (1956) near Southampton. The photograph of Marchwood is directly across the page from the Smithson's Hunstanton School. I believe Marchwood was demolished in the 1980's.
Comment on: Colin Stansfield Smith (1932-2013)
In an Ashes season, it would be remiss not to refer to Colin's achievements on the cricket field. He was a leading all-rounder for Cambridge University where he led the bowling attack, under the captaincy of Ted Dexter. In the late season he played with Lancashire in Cyril Washbrook's side where he opened the bowling with Brian Statham. In 1957 he was second in the County's bowling averages with 29 wickets at 14.27, just behind Statham's 100 wickets at 12.57. No doubt the combination of competitiveness with style and generosity served him well in both his passions.
No one has been suggesting, as Lindsey Ashworth claims, that Liverpool Docks should be fossilized, neither have the arguments of objectors collapsed. They have simply been ignored by politicians fixated on economic development at any cost. One has to question whether the Canary Wharf model will transform Liverpool's economy without sucking demand and investment out of other parts of the city, leading to empty streets and buildings. An alternative masterplan in scale with Liverpool's world famous dockside heritage and the city's social and economic potential was never given proper consideration by a developer star-struck by visits to Shanghai.
The public inquiry that led to the development of Stanstead also concluded that anything more than a single runway would have an appalling impact on the environment and was therefor ruled out. The solution that London-centrics cannot see is the HS2 connection to Birmingham airport which has the room for expansion, is within an acceptable journey time, and better serves the rest of the country.
For John Kellett's benefit, I can assure him, as Chairman of the MADE West Midlands Regional Panel affiliated to CABE, that we have certainly reviewed schemes that have not been designed by an architect. Some of them have been quite dreadful. We regularly secure improvements to poor schemes, including many designed by architects seeking to satisfy an unreasonable or greedy client. Far from feeling insulted, most of the architects, whose schemes we review, enjoy the dialogue with a well-qualified Panel and acknowledge the benefits. Our Panel always includes a range of professions (architects, planners, engineers, landscape architects) with wide experience and our discussions usually include the client and the local authority planning a officer. I would agree with John Kellett that the most beneficial reviews take place well ahead of the planning application when designs are at a formative stage. It always pays to involve the client in the review.