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Chris Medland's comments

  • Alex de Rijke slams approval for arcades on prize-winning Hastings pier

    Chris Medland's comment 8 May, 2019 8:04 am

    the design and social ambition of the pier in its refurbished form is obviously fantastic and has been highly awarded however for some reason it is not financially sustainable. The 2p machines and seaside tradition of silly arcade games etc. has been around since the Victorian times and architects risk coming across as patronising and aloof by suggest that somehow a design is above such low brow culture. Everything is temporary and piers rely on footfall - its a means to an end.

  • BDP completes £10.8m science block for Tonbridge School

    Chris Medland's comment 3 May, 2019 12:04 pm

    Nice but I am surprised by the high carbon cost of this building at 30 kgCO2/m2/yr – is this due to an existing inefficient heating system being extended? If I understand correctly the SAP Environmental Impact rating (EIR) on the building’s EPC would be registered as an F in this instance, with the highest rating being an A.....

  • ‘Watershed moment’ as government climate change watchdog targets net zero by 2050

    Chris Medland's comment 2 May, 2019 1:18 pm

    Great news and long awaited. As an architect in my 40's, if I'm lucky, I will live long enough to see all new buildings become carbon neutral and be part of the vast skill base that it will take to make that happen. it's exciting, it's right and we do as an industry have the team to do it. A good day today.

  • Notre-Dame: France announces international competition to rebuild spire

    Chris Medland's comment 17 April, 2019 12:39 pm

    oh god, another Heatherwick shiny spikey thing will win it..

  • TfL official denies it acted as ‘cheerleader’ for failed Garden Bridge

    Chris Medland's comment 16 April, 2019 12:47 pm

    Brown was very clear that TfL were following orders. Boris Johnson as mayor of London and head of TfL had instructed them, his officers, to deliver the bridge. TfL should not have been put in this duplicitous position - as guardians of the public funds and under orders to deliver it by spending those funds. Boris Johnson as Mayor has caused this conflict of interest either deliberately or through lack of thought and understanding. That said the GBT still chose to push on with signing the construction contract despite, as per their own minutes, the project being on the ropes at that point - it is they who risked and ultimately lost all of our money and they, not TfL, that should be held accountable for their decissions. The GBT had a choice, sit tight and see how things progress under Sadiq Kahn, or press on in full knowledge of the severe risk to the public purse and apply to drawdown further funding by signing the construction contract before it was sensible to do so. They chose to push on, to get the project over the line - this may be in accordance with their charitable aims, but in my view it's not an action in the spirit of wider public good - It was a blinkered and selfish decision that has cost London others bridges, has had the net effect of increasing air pollution and has left a sour taste that all of us effected by their decision to bear. Trustees by law must act responsibly, reasonably and honestly, take special care when investing or borrowing (£20m was meant to be a loan), comply with any restrictions on spending funds and they must ensure their charity is accountable.It is therefore shocking that Lord Davies refused to attend the GLA and equally so that the Charities Commission seem to have swept this decision under the carpet and have now put themselves in a position where their role and fitness for purpose is being brought into question. All in all the reputations of Johnson, Lumley and Davies et.al are suffering due to their actions on this project and now is the time that one of them would do well to apologise or at least publically express regret for the loss of the transport funds.

  • Garden Bridge is a ‘failure for charity sector’, regulator says

    Chris Medland's comment 9 April, 2019 4:29 pm

    ‘Funders should build appropriate terms and conditions into funding agreements to ensure the money is spent in line with the original intention and delivers the benefit and impact that is desired.'

    There were conditions in the funding agreement. An application to drawdown funding was made in Jan 16. From what is known now those condition seem not to have been met. The funding was granted.

  • Garden Bridge scandal ‘being brushed under the carpet’, Cable warns

    Chris Medland's comment 5 April, 2019 3:58 pm

    Fraud relating to public funding and grants happens when individuals, organisations (eg businesses or charities) claim public funding or grants that they are not eligible for. This includes the release of funds previously agreed in principle but subject to conditions. #justsaying

  • Foster + Partners’ Tulip tourist tower approved

    Chris Medland's comment 2 April, 2019 1:03 pm

    'Paragraph 8 of the NPPF sets out that there is a presumption in favour of sustainable development'

    THIS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

  • Foster + Partners’ Tulip tower set for City of London approval

    Chris Medland's comment 26 March, 2019 7:49 am

    its as though this global warming thing just doesn't exist. pointless. wasteful. a relic of a past age before its even began.

  • Step up: Heatherwick Studio completes Vessel in New York

    Chris Medland's comment 21 March, 2019 3:36 pm

    It's stunning. Extraordinary. So why I am so uncomfortable with it? It isn't about the garden bridge, it isn't jealousy, it's something else that I can't quite articulate. Maybe it's to do with the absolute whimsicalness of it...the vast expense, the lack of need? But yet again perhaps it's progressing art and cityscape to a new level, perhaps its a masterpiece of our time... no, its a masterpiece of a different time - that its, that's what's so uncomfortable about it for me - it is the epitome of extravagance, a sort of diamond encrusted fir coat on seat of a gold Bentley parked outside the Ritz, whilst the Thames burst its banks, houses fall into the sea, crops fail and forests burn. It represents an old type of power, a sort of them and us - hey you, yes you homeless guy - look at this! £200,000,000 on a staircase that you can look at - what a gift to the city, aren't we great! No, that's not our job as citizens, as architects, that's why I'm uncomfortable - its solves nothing. Expensive piece of sculpture in the town square, yeah, architecture, no.

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