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Ian Ritchie hits out after Potters Fields rejection

Ian Ritchie has described Southwark Council and developer Berkeley Homes’ decision to drop his practice from the Potters Fields scheme on the South Bank as ‘regrettable’ and ‘beyond the issue of architecture’.

After years of working up the scheme – which lies to the west of Tower Bridge, Squire and Partners was appointed last week (AJ online 23.05.08) to design a replacement for Ritchie’s proposal (pictured) which was to have included eight cylindrical towers.

In a statement, Ritchie said: ‘It is regrettable that the Leader of Southwark Council never took the opportunity to meet or engage with us, or to discuss in public with us the scheme’s planning, architecture and the proposed uses.

‘The decision by Southwark Council and Berkeley Homes to agree to seek, from other architects, a new design upon the same site, to a very similar brief, is regrettable, This is particularly so as construction of the scheme had already begun. It is difficult to comprehend and is beyond the issue of architecture.'

The AJ has also learned that Squire and Partners beat Make Architects and Allies and Morrison to scoop the prestigious appointment.

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