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Robert Wakeham

Robert Wakeham

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  • Comment on: Steel chief warns Cheesegrater bolt costs may top £6m

    Robert Wakeham's comment 31-Jul-2015 11:43 am

    If the steel used in the Cheesegrater bolts had all of the correct certification, but the bolts were substandard, does this mean that the certification is unfit for purpose, or the bolt manufacturing process unexpectedly modified the steel characteristics post-certification, or the certification was falsified? Does this affair have wider implications for structural engineering?

  • Comment on: Julia Park: 'We have to end this schizophrenic approach to housing'

    Robert Wakeham's comment 31-Jul-2015 11:33 am

    Perhaps George Osborne will issue an edict 'repealing' Julia Park.

  • Comment on: Conservationists object to Chipperfield's plans for Emin

    Robert Wakeham's comment 30-Jul-2015 7:19 pm

    For Paul Finch - It's not a question of 'trying to punish' - but I don't see that it is more interesting, and for Chris Dyson, are you sure that the replacement building is a thoughtful and sensitive design? It might well be much better than the previously approved design for the site, but does 'an honest reflection of the interior spatial requirements' have to result in quite such a severe exterior? 'Form follows function', I suppose, but if this results in something rather too hostile for its own good? Fortress Spitalfields? It certainly says something of today - beautiful? - a new cultural landmark?

  • Comment on: Conservationists object to Chipperfield's plans for Emin

    Robert Wakeham's comment 30-Jul-2015 1:05 pm

    It's a pity that there are no images of the existing building, because - if you look on Google Streetview - its listing is clearly understandable, and it's 'holding the fort' against a really crude multi storey car park on the opposite side of White's Row, and a nasty sub-Jim Stirling office block on the other side of Bell Lane.. Regardless of the undoubted care that would be taken in the detailing and workmanship of the new proposal, it's bland and cold in comparison to the character of the other, older buildings in the neighbourhood, and as such certainly isn't 'very high quality design'. Maybe this is a bit like the 'garden bridge' proposal, with people being 'dazzled' by well known names into thinking that their ideas automatically deserve approval?

  • Comment on: Emmott: 'Londoners overwhelmingly want the Garden Bridge'

    Robert Wakeham's comment 29-Jul-2015 11:12 am

    I'm sure that Hans Christian Andersen would be smiling quietly to himself at such a classic example of 'The Emperor's new clothes'. Just how far will this project run, where is 'the point of no return' after which London - and national - politicians will be stuck with responsibility for the imposition of a colossal monument to their vanity? - and drain on a much abused public purse.

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