Chris Medland's comments
Controversial I know, but in my view it looks dated already. Bin it and start again.
Thank you Barbara Weiss for putting your head above the parapet. You are 100% correct. This Brexit shambles is causing great headwinds to the progress of many things and could deepen and worsen further into the socioeconomic storm of the century.
At the very least, if the conservatives win but Labour gain ground, this policy will put pressure on the future conservative Government to be more ambitious.
A union will not help. The issue is easy to sort out as long as the legislation is in place. Any practice of more than one person (i.e. not sole practitioners) must become an RIBA registered practice, and sign up to the RIBA codes that include working hours and pay. Any company that doesn't is fined and/or directors struck off and perhaps insurers can refuse to insure any practice that is not. Job done.
of course we should reuse/upgrade existing buildings. its all about tax however - refurbishment should be subject to the same or a more favourable rate of vat than new build.
So was the GBT's application to drawdown funding from the public purse after they signed the construction contract without meeting the funding conditions fraudulent? If it was then why did TfL hand over the money, and if it wasn't then why did the Mayor later soften the conditions (that still have never been met)?
Put it this way - if anyone of us reading this had applied for that funding I suspect we would be in front of a judge, yet no one is and nobody will be, why is that?
If you can answer that question honestly to yourself then you will be aware of the huge problem that this country has. This issue will now fall between the accountability gaps and nobody will be held to account, but those of us who have been over the detail are now a lot more 'woke' to this particularly British form of cronyism and yet there is nothing anyone can seemingly do about it.
The current largest living wall in Europe is indeed pat f the National Grid campus in Warwick, at 1024 sqm, although its around a multi-storey car park by one world design architects with Cundall. http://www.one-worlddesign.co.uk/Project/national-grid-car-park/