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Andrew Catto

London SW15


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  • Comment on: Council rejects Ben Adams Architects’ ‘human warehouse’ conversion

    Andrew Catto's comment 17 December, 2019 2:53 pm

    There is a simple way for the government to deal with this without losing the real point of the Permitted Development allowance. We now have Nationally Described Space Standards. If these were to be come a Building Regulation, then conversion would still be allowed, but new flats would have to comply with the space standards as well as all the other rules designed to protect the wellbeing and safety of occupants.
    Andrew Catto - President, Association of Consultant Architects.

  • Comment on: The Coach: ‘How does a Part 1 get a foot in the door of a practice?’

    Andrew Catto's comment 14 November, 2019 2:07 pm

    We hire a Part 1 student every year so see this from the employer's end. I thoroughly endorse the all the advice above and particularly the need to have your CV checked - and to see if it can be clearly read on a small screen. So much of an architect's work is now written. This is your chance to show you can do it right. Please send it with a short cover saying why you want to work for us. We get more than enough impersonal emails from product suppliers.

  • Comment on: Heritage campaigners welcome boost for listed buildings

    Andrew Catto's comment 25 October, 2019 1:29 pm

    Local lists are not new, but maybe this will encourage those who don't have one to start. Our local council (Wandsworth) last year worked with all the local amenity societies on a comprehensive overhaul of their list. More of this, please.

    But VAT is the key issue. A 20% tax incentive to demolish and rebuild is bad for the planet - all that lost embedded carbon, and really bad for our heritage.

  • Comment on: Hawkins\Brown’s Alton Estate demolitions criticised as ‘heartbreakingly short-sighted’

    Andrew Catto's comment 22 July, 2019 4:19 pm

    Wandsworth Council claims that the scheme has been developed 'in full consultation' with the local community. Yes there have been lots of consultations, but only one since 2014. Each time the locals asked for well loved elements of the estate to be kept. Each successive scheme meant more demolition.
    Hawkins Brown may have answered the brief they were given, but it is definitely NOT what the community (most of whom will have to leave) may have asked for.
    Andrew Catto
    Chair - Putney Society Buildings Panel

  • Comment on: The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s measures will create a shambles

    Andrew Catto's comment 11 July, 2019 12:52 pm

    The 'Beauty Consultants' are already here. Last month the applicants wheeled in a 'Townscape Consultant' to tell the appeal inquiry why building 10 storeys of flats behind our listed parish church would improve the setting.

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