VS BIRD's comments
£4M for 5 houses = £800K each. Hardly sustainable when you take community issues into account. For that sort of money they should be demanding Code 6 as a minimum.
This has to be one of the most stupid in a string of stupid decisions by this government.
Anyone considering a career in Architecture but daunted by tuition fees could give some thought to Architectural Technology as an alternative. Here at Southampton Solent we have a strong design emphasis as well as the technological side, and visiting Architects involved in realistic design briefing and critique.
Could the problem be that in relation to their former use, these buildings are, to put it bluntly, redundant, but new/potential owners find it so difficult to negotiate their way past EH to make a sensible 21st century use of them that they give up the unequal struggle?
Dull and twee.
Why can't we build for the 21st century not the 19th?
Some great ideas but in execution they're awfully ugly boxes... The rear elevations are particularly disappointing.
Three key issues - time, cost, quality. Maybe the longer timescales are linked to the improved cost control...hopefully without the loss of quality. Wins on arguably the most important criteria. If quality suffers because the emphasis is on time and cost then ultimately the long term performance of the building suffers.
That's why we need Architects and skilled Architectural Technologists.
Fantastic looking building with a real zing to it.
It seems such a shame that the timber wedges are purely decoration and have no practical function or relationship to the interior. Surely they could at least have been given doors and used for storage...
If studying Architecture's too expensive, architectural technology is a terrific alternative with a strong emphasis on design backed up by the technical know-how to actually achieve those designs, from briefing to end of defects. And it's only a 3 year course (full time) or 5 years part time.
The contractor has installed materials not in accordance with the contract and it's the Architect's fault? How could she have checked if the kit was already buried?
Shows the value of having a good clerk of works - bet the client wouldn't pay!