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Alan Dunlop's comments

  • Chipperfield leads calls for Mac to be rebuilt

    Alan Dunlop's comment 6 July, 2018 1:04 pm

    Oh, Herbert has just chipped in and reminded me not to engage with flâneur types that don't give their names. He also wonders what's with the "tinder" image? "that seems a bit, well......... creepy"

  • Chipperfield leads calls for Mac to be rebuilt

    Alan Dunlop's comment 6 July, 2018 12:20 pm

    Sure, he's just asked me what is it with people who post their opinion anonymously and to tell them it's the Mac, not the Mack. When you bring in the k, you're starting on kintosh, which really is bizarre.

  • Chipperfield leads calls for Mac to be rebuilt

    Alan Dunlop's comment 6 July, 2018 9:41 am

    Sorry Chris, as a Scot and Glaswegian that's probably the most bizarre comment posted so far.

    A recent vox pop conducted by a national newspaper concluded that to most Scots, Hampden Park, the national football stadium, was more important.

  • Chipperfield leads calls for Mac to be rebuilt

    Alan Dunlop's comment 6 July, 2018 8:58 am

    It's heartening that Charlie Hussey, honorary professor and lecturerer at the Mackintosh School is the first from the Glasgow School of Art to break cover and offer an opinion.

    However. like Dresden, Warsaw, Barcelona Pavilion and even Neues, comparing Mackintosh's GSA, a working art school, with Japanese temples and shrines is also spurious. Traditional temples and shrines in Japan were made from wood, so more likely to be open to destruction or destroyed by fire. Therefore, it's no surprise that the Japanese philosophical attitude to the rebuilding of these historic buildings should be that it is the "preservation of the idea that is important"

    Also, just as significantly, we are not Japanese.

    I have been a frequent visitor to mainland China and have been guided around many reconstructed temples and other traditional buildings, which were demolished during the cultural revolution or destroyed by the Japanese.

    The reconstruction looks authentic, it's all very well done but you know it's a lie.

  • Stallan-Brand completes dramatic primary school in the Scottish Borders

    Alan Dunlop's comment 2 July, 2018 8:27 am

    A striking school Paul, not sure about the canopies for outdoor learning but a very interesting building nonetheless.

  • Glasgow School of Art has questions to answer over Mac fire

    Alan Dunlop's comment 18 June, 2018 11:55 am

    A great, well written and trenchant piece Robin.

  • Building study: RSHP’s Macallan distillery and visitor centre

    Alan Dunlop's comment 22 May, 2018 9:49 am

    "Despite its shapely roof, which looms up out of the hillside like something from the Teletubbies," .....mmm, indeed

  • 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.

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