Comment on: Malcolm Fraser Architects goes into liquidation
Very disappointing to see such a well-known and respected practice go to the wall, although I don't doubt for one moment that Malcolm will remain a fixture in the sector. It is to be hoped that this is but a temporary setback and we see him delivering high quality contemporary architecture again soon.
Independence raises a lot of questions, but scaremongering about border controls and whether there would remain a UK single market aren't among them. The question for me, as a practicing architect, is whether independence - or even Devo Max, if it came to it - allowed the Scottish Goverment greater flexibility on issues such as capital expenditure. At present UK economic policy is driven by the south, and the southeast in particular. One-size-fits-all simply doesn't work. A significant amount has been devolved, either within the last 15 years or even longer. We have our own planning policy framework, our own building standards, our own construction contracts. The Treasury's own figures say we might be £1/year each worse off after independece. Fees may be tight, but that's not enough to get me packing the bags. Westminster austerity, on the other hand.....
Comment on: Austin-Smith:Lord files for insolvency
FACT, PHM, and other projects are all excellent pieces of work and I'm not sure what beef the earlier comment had about the practice's work. These are difficult times with many, many practices shedding staff. It's disappointing to see ASL have now fallen victim as well. Against this backdrop the vitriol of some of the previous comments saeem more than a little unfair.