Eddy Rhead's Comments
I dont know about ‘most important planning document since the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947’ - it seems to be just pulling together lots of other polices and, despite my natural instinct to oppose everything this government do, i found myself agreeing (in principle) with much of what it says. The biggest alarm bell was these awful sounding Neighbourhood Forums. Whilst seeking to simplify the planning process these sounds like a great opportunity to put more obstacles in the way of development as applications ping pong between these local groups and local authorities. The idea of the Neighbourhood Forums granting planning permissions fills me with dread! There is real potential for small minded but articulate and vocal 'neighbourhoods' to cherry pick what they decide is acceptable development on their doorstep whilst less engaged or organised communities get all sorts of rubbish dumped on them.
In the past thematic studies have been an excellent way of identifying vulnerable buildings which in turn has led to listings. The work done by EH on cinemas and pubs are two thematic studies that spring to mind. I would suggest libraries be next on the list - if EH have the funds and/ or the will to do so that is.
The 'concept sketches' do not instil me with much confidence that these will be anything but fancy, expensive tower blocks.
This looks to be a really wonderful building. As a Mancunian and a cyclist i have to say im rather jealous of this building - architecturally speaking it puts our own rather mundane velodrome to shame . What i can say is that this sort of facility has a real and positive impact on both participation in cycling and the quality of the cyclists we produce in this country. Our finest cyclists have all admitted that having the Manchester velodrome has improved them as athletes and improved the sport of cycling. This marvellous building can only strengthen Britain's position in the cycling world.
I think Mr Shuttleworth needs to take a crash course in humility. His assertion that his gimmicky and rather average building is a 'sea change' is conceited and deluded whilst his apparently untrue comments about Peter Foggo are bordering on offensive.
Looks as good , if not better, than it did in 1973. Well deserved listing and a seemingly good job by A & M.
Comment on: Government could drop s106 sweeteners
Pathetic. Sorry i cant offer a more articulate response than that but this is one of the lamest 'ideas' this bunch of fools have come up with yet. And thats saying something!
Probably be closed down in 6 months time because of spending cuts.
Comment on: Roof Structure: Velodrome for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, by Hopkins Architects
We have some very very talented people working in this country. A wonderful building.
Comment on: Manchester Bridge is safe insists Hodder
There seems to have been an ongoing policy of neglect on this bridge - with no one seemingly taking responsibility for its maintenance. Im just wondering if decent housekeeping over its short life would have prevented this? I doubt it would have reached this point if the bridge had been in the care of a private owner.
'Streets in the sky' eh? Havent we been here before? Those visualisations could be straight out of the 'Traffic in Towns' Buchanan report from 1963. Bad idea then - bad idea now. Quite apart from the idiocy of destroying this magnificent structure.
Comment on: Architects call for Gove’s resignation
I can think of several more reasons to get rid of him too.
Comment on: LDN Architects bags Piece Hall prize
Oh great - a water feature that will never work.
Comment on: ASL opens doors to Widnes MyPlace centre
I actually helped to get the Health Centre listed so this is very heartening for me to not only see its reuse and restoration but also a really good bit of new architecture to complement it.
In what way is this a sustainable development?
Comment on: Make's Olympic Handball arena nears completion
A leopard, it seems, cannot change its spots.
Comment on: Terry Farrell’s reworked eco-town approved
Although there are small concessions within the layout of this development to prioritise pedestrians over cars - this type of housing will still appeal to people who own cars and its geographical position and an apparent lack of any meaningful public transport means its 'eco' credentials are bogus.
Comment on: Robert Adam bags planning for Jersey Dairy site
God help us.
Comment on: WHAT_architecture unwraps Lego-clad school
That is a beautiful thing.
Comment on: Heatherwick’s pavilion rods up for sale
Erm? Anyone know how to read Cantonese?
So, at a time when "We are all in this together" a couple of eye wateringly expense vanity projects that will mainly benefit foreign tourists in London escape the axe? Also - does the UKCMRI really have to be in the capital?
£13.7 million? It all looks very nice (bland?) but i fail to see where nearly £14 million has been spent.
Perhaps Peel want to create the Dubai of the North? I can see this being just as successful and sustainable as Dubai has become.
Comment on: BSF review pushes prefab schools
So the Dept for Education dont comment on leaks? What about the ones that riddle the 80 year old roof at my children's school?