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Alan Dunlop's comments

  • 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.

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

    Alan Dunlop's comment 25 January, 2018 12:23 pm

    Ian, get a grip. This is the AJ not the Daily Mail. You too Penelope

  • Now Dunlop proposes bridge linking Scotland and Ireland

    Alan Dunlop's comment 24 January, 2018 10:44 am

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15893364.Northern_Irish_parties_want_a_bridge_built_from_Scotland/#comments-anchor

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/now-the-northern-irish-want-a-bridge-built-from-scotland-xghr95k2w

    https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/fresh-calls-for-bridge-to-connect-scotland-and-ireland-1-4668551

    https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/could-northern-ireland-scotland-bridge-14187864

    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/bridge-between-northern-ireland-and-scotland-could-create-celtic-powerhouse-36519186.html

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-42772343

    http://irishpost.co.uk/bridge-connecting-ireland-scotland-result-celtic-powerhouse/

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09msd4c

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05vtylh

  • Now Dunlop proposes bridge linking Scotland and Ireland

    Alan Dunlop's comment 22 January, 2018 3:00 pm

    Maybe Whitehaven is a tad megalomaniacal Michael, how about Workington or Flimby?

  • PFI in the spotlight after Carillion collapse

    Alan Dunlop's comment 17 January, 2018 9:41 am

    "PFI does not seems to be a good way to go about things" Who knew, eh? Apparently it's toxic.

    https://lnkd.in/eJmZVVx
    PPP schools ‘little more than a roof’
    From The Herald - Thursday 08th December 2005 )
    A stark warning over the quality of new schools in Scotland built with the help of private money will be delivered today at a design conference. Alan Dunlop, a Glasgow-based architect, will tell the Children in Scotland conference in Edinburgh that PPP process is "failing" children.

    "We are building schools for children that we wouldn't use as adults. The architects involved in the PPP process have no time for development because fees are cut to the bone so any idea of developing design is a non-starter," he said.

    Herald 2005 Several arguements against PPP
    https://lnkd.in/eHjSRMH
    Scotsman 2005
    https://lnkd.in/ec_8jv9
    Other stuff, too many too list
    https://lnkd.in/epTaATV
    https://lnkd.in/ecVW3xa
    https://lnkd.in/eC347ZE

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