Robert Wakeham's comments
The first page of this week's Private Eye is well worth reading - 'Garden Tools' doesn't mention the Commissioner, but does suggest reasons for the lack of (or muted) response in some of our news media on this story of rottenness in high places.
'LPS blocks were supposed to have been strengthened in the 1970s' - either they were or they weren't, and as the 1970s weren't exactly in the Dark Ages it's surely a national disgrace if this work has been incompletely recorded.
Is there an analogy between the activities of some architects and those people in Tokyo employed to stuff commuters onto rush-hour trains?
Images of a glove puppet with a grubby hand up it.
A great shame that the Murphy design couldn't be achieved, and the Foster machine has a lot to live up to - here's hoping.
Quite a lot of different materials used externally for the size of the building, but overall a good effort and all credit to the local planners for supporting it. But is it really a good idea to have used horizontal timber - even larch - boarding for the roof over the balcony, in this climate? It would be a shame if this type of architecture became discredited for inappropriate use of materials that resulted in problems of appearance and maintenance.
It would be interesting to know what previously occupied this site.
Although in the modern local authority area of 'Argyll and Bute,' and tucked away in the old Kilmahew Castle demesne in a wooded glen, the location is not remote at all (contrary to the assumptions of many) - being only a short walk from Cardross station on the Edinburgh - Glasgow - Helensburgh commuter line.
This might partly explain the spectacular degree of vandalism that it has suffered, but it also makes the latest proposals all the more viable.
And as well as being an obvious candidate for government financial help, the idea is surely worthy of assistance from the previous owners - who are by no means poor - in the cause of the wider good that the proposed renaissance would foster.
While Adam Architecture are perfectly entitled to criticize the work of others they should realize that to call it 'incongruous' is only justified if you believe, like Prince Charles & co. and possibly the Scruton set, that the answer to good taste lies in pastiche. Not even quality pastiche, in this case - look at the images, particularly 5.11.
The Cumberbatch building,, while very different from its neighbors, is in scale and surely not life-expired, so does Trinity have such a generous endowment that it can afford to destroy a decent and useful building of strong character that's part of the history of the development of the college?
It would be good to see more images of just what the Water Row masterplan proposes - the Govan area, though much changed from the shipbuilding heyday, still has plenty of evidence of the tough character of the past, and hopefully this won't all be lost.