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Alan Dunlop's comments

  • Design and Build damned by Dumfries leisure centre probe

    Alan Dunlop's comment 2 May, 2018 12:14 pm

    The Council's End of Project Review Report on DG One from 2008 makes very interesting reading: This is just part of it:

    3.15 Conclusion 3.15.1
    The project performed well against cost targets.

    The Design and Build model successfully ‘capped’ the cost of the project, and transferred the risk of construction related cost increases to the Contractor.

    The total cost of f 12.67m represented good value for money.

    National building cost indices based on a rate per square metre of floor area for leisure and sports facilities including swimming pools are some 17% higher than that obtained for the Leisure Complex.

    Information provided by sport scotland also indicated that the cost of DG One compared favourably with that of a similar major leisure facility completed recently by another Scottish local authority.

    5.42 Conclusions - Proiect Strengths

    This review has highlighted strengths and weaknesses of various aspects of the project, but in a number of respects this was a very successful project.

    Strengths identified include:- * DG One, the end product, met quality requirements and public expectations.

    The cost of the f 12.67m project was kept within budget. Clear Project Brief and Contract restricted any scope for dispute over design details and transferred an appropriate level of risk to the Contractor.

    Good range of Council representatives on the Board, forming a team with a common focus and a shared commitment to deliver a high quality facility for the Council. Specialist skills and knowledge helped to produce strong applications for external funding which attracted the largest Lottery and ERDF grants ever secured by the Council.

    Efficient financial controls and monitoring, as verified by recent EU audits. Full engagement and support from Council services, including Finance, Planning and Environment, and Combined Services. In-house project management ensured appropriate direct ‘ownership’ of the project.

    PRINCE2 was used and core groups of staff also met regularly to ensure
    Client Kontractor issues were addressed and resolved quickly. Open and transparent approach - regular progress reports to Members and through communication with the press and the public. No significant Health and Safety issues occurred during project.

    Project design demonstrates Council’s commitment to Sustainability, for example through the inclusion of a number of energy conservation measures in the project design.

    Project design also illustrated Council’s commitment to Equality and Accessibility, for example through the input of the Disability Access Forum to the design of the facility

  • Expo 2020 Dubai UK Pavilion contest launched

    Alan Dunlop's comment 21 March, 2018 7:47 am

    Ha! I see what you did there, Phil.... very apropos.

  • Expo 2020 Dubai UK Pavilion contest launched

    Alan Dunlop's comment 20 March, 2018 1:26 pm

    Having just been stuck there overnight, it may be UAE’s most populous city but what's really incredible is that it has a 10 mile wide clusterf+ck of the ugliest, most tasteless new buildings to be found in any city, anywhere. One after another. Deeply impressive.

  • RIAS 2018 Awards shortlist revealed

    Alan Dunlop's comment 20 March, 2018 11:12 am

    It very much looks like almost everything that's been built last year, of any architectural merit at all, gets included. No omissions.

    Why does the RIAS persist in selecting a "shortlist" of 25, it's bizarre. Goodness knows what the other 51 were like.

    5 projects only:

    Barmulloch Residents Centre, Glasgow
    Collective Architecture for Barmulloch Community Development Company

    Nucleus, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Caithness Archive, Wick
    Reiach and Hall Architects for The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

    Oriam – Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, Edinburgh
    Reiach and Hall Architects for Oriam – Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre

    Perth Theatre
    Richard Murphy Architects for Horsecross Arts

    The Black Shed, Isle of Skye
    Mary Arnold-Forster Architect for a private client

    ’When shortlisting this year’s entries for awards the panel were struck by the continuing high standard of submissions. The quality of architecture being produced the length and breadth of the country is hugely impressive." Ripple Retreat.....really?

  • Politicians debate merits of Dunlop’s Celtic crossing

    Alan Dunlop's comment 21 February, 2018 1:24 pm

    How very droll Phil and once more just bursting with whimsey.

  • Politicians debate merits of Dunlop’s Celtic crossing

    Alan Dunlop's comment 21 February, 2018 8:12 am

    Yes, I agree Robert that would be extreme vandalism and a tunnel, not a trunk road the best proposal for this stretch.

    A precedent also exists for a tunnel to connect the Mull of Kintyre to the Antrim coast. As you will know, Japan's Seikan Sea Tunnel connects Honshu and Hokkaido and runs for 14 miles partly above a sea bed equivalent in depth to the sea around the Kintyre Coast. A tunnel here would be achievable and an engineering challenge but frankly less interesting, architecturally.

    I also agree about the social and economic benefits of the Kintyre route However, there would also be benefits to the Ayrshire coast in connecting Larne to Portpatrick. The once thriving towns of Girvan, Ayr, Prestwick andTroon along the A77 would be revived. Both routes are being considered.

  • Politicians debate merits of Dunlop’s Celtic crossing

    Alan Dunlop's comment 12 February, 2018 12:04 pm

    "All greatness stands firm in the Storm" Plato's "Republic"

    Although the public response has been staggering and overwhelmingly positive both sides of the Irish Sea and internationally, the economic case for a bridge connection between Scotland and Ireland is building and becoming more convincing, otherwise Scotland and Ireland's leading politicians would have given the idea short shrift.

    The proposal for a shorter 12 mile connection from the Antrim coast to the Mull of Kintyre then onward via a number of smaller bridges, Dunoon to Gourock for example and new road connections now seems possible. Thereby cutting the journey time to the central belt of Scotland significantly. The technology now exists to also span over Beaufort's Dyke.

    As for "encouraging fresh ideas and innovation" and students addressing the housing crisis, that is exactly what my own unit is doing in a two year MArch research and design study.

    https://homesssrgu.wixsite.com/unit2 If nothing else listen to the poem at the start, it is brilliant.

  • Politicians debate merits of Dunlop’s Celtic crossing

    Alan Dunlop's comment 10 February, 2018 3:24 pm

    Indeed Phil, just one damn thing after another.

  • Now Dunlop proposes bridge linking Scotland and Ireland

    Alan Dunlop's comment 26 January, 2018 8:22 am

    Phil, with respect. I was asked by a national newspaper last Friday if I thought it was possible to build a bridge between Scotland and Ireland. After much thought and research I considered that it was, suggested two options for how it could be done, where they would be best located and what such a project would mean for Scotland, Ireland and also the UK.

    My response was featured on a full front page Monday, took off later that day and went nuclear Tuesday. With a positive reaction from architects, politicians and frankly hundreds of comments online.

    You may well consider this scraping the publicity barrel but in my view, anything that gets national newspapers, tv, radio and so many people writing and talking about architecture and expressing an opinion, good or bad is a good thing for the profession.

  • Denizen Works lands approval for ‘new take’ on Scottish country house

    Alan Dunlop's comment 25 January, 2018 12:26 pm

    Denizen produce fine work. Interesting, well worked plan and section. Good luck with it.

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