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Alan Dunlop's comments

  • Lynch Architects submits revised plans for Nova Place library scheme

    Alan Dunlop's comment 25 January, 2019 10:32 am

    Congratulations Patrick, a pretty remarkable resolution for a challenging site. Very clever plan. Good luck with it.

  • AJ appoints new technical editor

    Alan Dunlop's comment 17 January, 2019 2:11 pm

    I remember that RIBAJ eye line drawing. Beautiful work

  • U+I chief: Public Private Partnerships aren’t wrong, they’re just not right enough

    Alan Dunlop's comment 9 January, 2019 12:22 pm

    Notwithstanding, of course there are serious concerns over the quality and long term durability of a significant number of projects delivered by PPP and so called not for profit contracts.

    The same apparently is true in the UK, which runs contrary to the community becoming the focus, or than PPP can ever improve social, economic, building, design or procurement standards.

    Profit and bottom line economics is the driver not community, nor social benefit.

  • U+I chief: Public Private Partnerships aren’t wrong, they’re just not right enough

    Alan Dunlop's comment 9 January, 2019 11:44 am

    PFI has been discredited, Philip Hammond said as much in October. Trouble is, how will new schools and hospitals in the UK be built without PFI/ Private Public Partnerships?

    In Scotland, The Scottish Nationalists introduced the Scottish Futures Trust SFT, ten or so years ago as a " not for profit" way to replace PFI. The performance of 45 projects delivered under SFT is yet to be audited, by Audit Scotland, however the estimated £3bn ( FOI information requests regarding build costs is always dismissed due to commercial confidentiality )it has cost to build hospitals, schools, leisure centres, police stations etc is anticipated to cost Scottish Taxpayers around £10bn over 30 years.

  • Morris + Company reveals staggered mews housing for PegasusLife

    Alan Dunlop's comment 12 December, 2018 10:15 am

    Try Specsavers?

    Very good project indeed. Well done.

  • Building study: Takero Shimazaki Architects’ north London house

    Alan Dunlop's comment 11 December, 2018 3:29 pm

    It does appear a touch " spartan" and perhaps a little lacking in comfort. But that's wabi-sabi for you, apparently.

  • Who’s won what at the AJ Architecture Awards 2018

    Alan Dunlop's comment 5 December, 2018 11:44 am

    Collective: AJ Architect of the Year. Also, Barmulloch Residents Centre Public Building of the Year. Brilliant for Collective and for Glasgow. Some good news, at last. Well done.

  • Charles Holland wins planning appeal for country house in Kent Downs

    Alan Dunlop's comment 26 November, 2018 10:32 am

    Clever plan and section, though.

  • Glasgow School of Art chief Tom Inns resigns

    Alan Dunlop's comment 5 November, 2018 11:17 am

    On the face of it and HES regulations aside it would seem a sensible thing to do, given the site compound was restricted and any site operations set up on Renfrew Street would cause additional problems accessing the Reid Building and to general traffic.

    Much like the sprinklers and use of existing duct work to carry services, these might have seemed like sensible decisions at the time, which would have to be agreed and confirmed, now in retrospect and without the apparent "rigorous" fire safety regime in place they appear like major flaws site operations.

    From the start also I have said the "insurance will pay for any rebuild" story from Muriel Gray is questionable and now seems very suspect indeed: Extract from report to CTEEA:

    " 2. There are questions about the causes of the loss and about liability and culpability answers to these are outstanding and reliant upon specialised investigation and reporting. At present, the evidence is unclear.

    Much has been made of the art school’s contention that the insurers will pay. The Guardian also reported Muriel Gray estimating that the project would take 4 to 7 years and cost around £100m, to be made up by insurance cover and a major private fundraising drive. Let
    us hope that this is so. However, at this point there is absolutely no surety, and until a full investigation as to the causes of the fire has been undertaken, it is unlikely that any insurer will make such a generous settlement. As in all insurance contracts there will be matters of liability and accountability to be established.

    My own view is that there will be an inevitable call on the public purse."

  • Building study: Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee

    Alan Dunlop's comment 3 November, 2018 10:12 am

    Ach Jay, really? There's a populist feeling growning now in Dundee that the 30 minutes spent in the V+A you will never get back ( The Times). I would not go that far, the 30 minutes I spent in the Scottish Gallery was interesting, but there is no need now to go back.

    As for the building, after I found the "cave like" entrance, ( the natural position of the entrance would be through the "arch" ) the other 20 minutes was spent wondering what those timber post it notes were doing stuck to the wall, then trying to find a view to the Tay from one of those curious and apparently random slot windows, then also trying to get a view to the river from a place other than the restaurant. The deck was closed, although it was a beautiful day. The view from the city, over the River Tay and across to Fife is one of the best in Scotland.

    The whole interior sucks the life out of you, Like Kahn, you feel you need a coffee as soon as you walk through the cave like "front" door, on to the ocean of black marble and then to be presented with the four storey staircase you have to walk up to get to the galleries. Luckily the whole ground floor is taken up by the cafe but the queue was too long, obviously other visitors felt the same.

    Dundee's living room, aye, that'll be right. I left wondering whether it would be worthwhile taking the 10 hour boat trip to Noup Head in Orkney to see the sea cliffs, that inspired the architect, and the sand stone strata, beloved of seabirds, mimicked here in the building. Then thought better of it.

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