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Robert Wakeham

Robert Wakeham

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  • Comment on: Historic England lists 21 inter-war pubs

    Robert Wakeham's comment 28-Aug-2015 11:46 am

    Excellent news, and long may they flourish - I wonder if there's any progress with expediting the reconstruction of the scandalously flattened Carlton Tavern? This deserves maximum publicity, as a warning to others - in particular to citizens from elsewhere who maybe think that they can get away with enriching themselves at our expense, and as a cautionary tale to architects who should take care who they jump into bed with - and to a large contractor who seemingly doesn't check the legality of its demolition work.

  • Comment on: Jennings: 'People are tired of being duped by developers'

    Robert Wakeham's comment 26-Aug-2015 5:09 pm

    I wonder if we've reached 'the point of no return' on the 'garden bridge'? Whether all the high profile participants - from Joanna Lumley through politicians, newspaper proprietors, nameless (?) financiers with deep pockets and various members of the design professions - are going to have to live with the consequences of their high-handed and anti-democratic imposition on us of this monumental bit of self indulgence. It'll be constructed at a time of drastic and sometimes very damaging cuts in public expenditure, but will rely on public finance to make it possible. There are some architects among the designers, and they must be very hungry for work to get involved in this most conceited and dishonest example of public-private partnerships.

  • Comment on: RIAS calls for action on stalled George Square revamp

    Robert Wakeham's comment 25-Aug-2015 2:07 pm

    The anticipated stepping down of Gordon Matheson from leading Glasgow City Council will hopefully clean the air, but it does remind me somewhat of the much hoped for departure of other controversial political leaders - for example, Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen, or Matheson's predecessor - Steven Purcell - which haven't turned out well for their fiefdoms.

  • Comment on: The Death and Life of the Architect

    Robert Wakeham's comment 23-Aug-2015 0:42 am

    Perhaps, up there in Paradise, there's an EDIT button - and it'd be nice if it wasn't just for fixing comments to the AJ, if it could be used to edit buildings too.

  • Comment on: Tread softly for you tread on my dreams

    Robert Wakeham's comment 22-Aug-2015 6:16 pm

    I wonder, if the analytical skills of Suzi Hall were to be applied to the Hub 67 community centre in Hackney Wick (featured in this month's 'AJ Specification') what she'd have to say about that building? Composed 80% of materials and components recycled from the London Olympics, designed for a life of only 3-5 years, but having to comply with current construction regulations, this building apparently cost more than a new-build. Admittedly this was a pilot project, but 'writing a watertight specification which transferred the risk of the many unknowns involved in re-use to the contractor' rings warning bells here in Scotland, where the same risk averse philosophy turned the construction of the Edinburgh tram system into a financial and programming disaster area. There must surely be some hard thinking to work out how best to maximise re-use of redundant building fabric - and hopefully Hub 67 will be in use for much more than 3-5 years, or will be capable of economical re-use elsewhere.

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