Quinlan Terry escaped serious punishment at an Architects Registration Board conduct hearing earlier today (24 February) despite admitting responsibility for the destruction of two Grade II-listed buildings
The ARB’s independent professional conduct committee (PCC) ruled that 71 year-old Terry did not deserve to be struck off or suspended, but it did issue an official reprimand.
Traditionalist Terry, one of Prince Charles’s favourite architects, was fined £25,000 in October 2007 after Westminster City Council took him to court over damage to the two lodges in the grounds of Hanover Lodge in Regent’s Park, London. The lodges, built in 1827, were accidentally knocked down by contractor Walter Lilly the previous year.
Speaking at today’s hearing, chair Peter Verdin said the committee had to be seen to be ‘respecting the attitude of the public’ on the matter, but after a brief discussion it decided Terry did not deserve a more severe punishment.
Any criminal proceedings against architects are automatically submitted to the PCC.