Geoff Haslam's comments
There's nothing more honourable than building a good school. It is really great that AHMM's talent has been recognised in this way, at last...
I recently visited the Granby4Streets project with the Academy of Urbanism Great Street Award assessment team. We were delighted to see how the combined artist/architect relationship with the local community was bringing forward stylish affordable regeneration in terms of not only cost-effective refurbishment but also creating work/training opportunities and fostering the creativity of local people. A really admirable and successful endeavour for artists and architects. Assemble get my vote!
Fantastic short-list; let's hope the money can be found to build this long-awaited project, that will help take the economy and prominence of Bristol forward.
I had the great pleasure of working as client to FCBS on a new academy in Essex. The users were delighted and so they should have been. The architects were great listeners and responded creatively to all comments, creating a beautiful school on a very challenging site.
I am pleased that the scheme did not win an award as this often attracts unwanted attention to what is a 'sheltered' environment for the pupils
Congratulations to Nick Clegg for some sensible, joined up thinking on addressing the UK's massive housing need. This could be a vote winner for the Lib Dems, but needs careful 'selling' to those existing towns that are to be expanded and all those "nimbys" who won't want a new rail route near them.
I suspect that neither Lord Rogers, nor Brandon Lewis have read the Urbed proposals.
Urbed state: "As good urbanists we also would argue
that this should sit alongside policies for urban
infill and consolidation along with the continued
growth of London and the great regional
cities. The type of Garden City that we suggest
does not stand in opposition to urban infill or
to brownfield development."
What does Lewis envisage? A house-builders free for all with weak/non-existent infrastructure? Same old same old then; who wants that?
Urbed propose that the infrastructure is (a) expanded use of existing and (b) funded by borrowings, paid back over an extended period, as Garden Cities were originally did.
The saving of Hastings Pier was a milestone in the history of community action, which in this case forced the political outcome; an excellent result for the future of Hastings and a lesson for all community heritage campaigns. The Pier resonates in the social history of local people and the many visitors Hastings has welcomed over the generations. It re-opens next year.
Ed Vasey's interest in design is laudable. Let's hope he understands that good design adds capital value in the long run.
Shame that there is no implicit support for the CABE Design Review process, which is working well in some quarters and resonates with the spirit of this review
I would like to pay homage to the architect of the previous Everyman conversion, J Roy Parker, an architect renowned in Liverpool in the mid 20thC. it is great to see some echoes of his work in the Haworth Tomkin's scheme, not least of all the eurostyle "Everyman" sign and sparkly lighting.
As for the ventilation chimneys, surely a reference to the great ocean liners that set sail from Liverpool to the new world, rather than adjacent victorian ones?
Geoffrey Haslam, Bristol