Eddy Rhead's comments
Are there any buildings in London that Make arent doing?
There was a rather depressing survey recently pointing out that 60% of current charting British pop artists had some sort of private education. Its probably a lazy comparison but we can we presume that architecture will now only be the preserve of the rich and not the talented and British architecture will become as bland as our pop music now is?
Last time we had a Conservative government im sure there was a perception that we had too many ship builders, coal miners, steel workers, etc etc If this lot have their way we will, in future, have to rely on imports of architects because the profession will have been driven into the ground.
Im presuming from the drawings above that cars (and people for that matter) will not be inhabiting this village?
I think its safe to say that the northwest, across all the categories, has been a pretty barren place in the last couple of years. I suspect the north / south divide is only going to widen in the coming years too. Depressing.
Isnt there a case for corporate manslaughter if problems were identified and not acted upon. Who would be responsible though? The architects for not identifying the problem at design stage or the owners for not acting on an obvious problem? I would hope the poor family of the man killed would seek answers even if Leeds City Council and the HSE dont.
Spot on Christine. A 'reactive' listing is sometimes good if it is a low key building in 'the provinces' that has slipped below the EH radar and is threatened. Broadgate is a very high profile set of buildings which, if needed be, could have come under scrutiny and considered for listing at any time in the recent past. To list it now seems almost spiteful and undermines the integrity of the listing process. EH should expend more energy on systematic analysis of worthy buildings across the land instead of hurriedly diverting resources to a high profile listing at the 11th hour.
To be fair Wayne (and dont get me wrong i am not a card carrying member of the Urban Splash fan club) Urban Splash only work within the framework of a funding system. You cant blame US for working that system to their advantage - they are not a charity. I think the real problem was that various agencies - be they local councils or central government relied too much on developers to take regeneration forward and gave them too much slack in return for not unsubstantial amounts of public money.
You cant blame US from walking away from schemes when the money doesnt add up.
US do what they do and on the whole they leave a positive legacy and the mistakes they have made - big ones like at Park Hill and small ones like the wall at The Midland - are more the fault of toothless planning departments and English Heritage.
I can think of a lot worse developers than Urban Splash which isnt say much i know but on balance i think its unfair to be so critical of them.
I stand corrected. Thanks Tracey - really looking forward to it.
"The quality and quantity of office space available in the Square Mile is carefully planned many years in advance," Is it? Surely the property market ultimately dictates what does and doesnt get built in the Square Mile? Is there a strategic long term plan for the Square Mile? Im not being facetious i am genuinely interested to know what form this plan takes, how carefully planned it is and how strictly it is adhered to.