Comment on: How much did Patrik Schumacher earn last year?
Will the AJ be speculating on the salaries of all principles of large practices or just those who have slightly different views?
Comment on: ‘Stop being defensive and build what British people want,’ Kit Malthouse tells architects
The large housebuilders who control the residential market are not interested in highly architectural homes they want standardisation of buildings, so they don't have think too much when it comes to constructing them and can build them quickly and sell them on. It is only commercial developments and smaller house builders who are more interested in architectural design as a way of offering something different to the market.
I suggest the minister looks at the real issues surrounding the housing market such as lack of skilled workers due to decades of underinvestment in apprenticeships and a planning system designed to create hold ups rather than concerning himself about architectural merits of a building.
Is anything he said actually untrue? The glass fronted shop will indeed not last as long as the courthouse but both buildings were undoubtedly designed for different purposes and different shelf lives and there perhaps is the ministers error.
On your materials worries I can perhaps help, I import building materials from Europe, USA and China so have quite a broad range of experiences and have studied the no deal scenario extensively to see the issues it will have on my business.
In the event of a no deal the likely scenario is it will add around 7 - 10 days for goods to get through the ports, this will be all goods not just those from EU ports. With building products obviously not being perishable goods this is far from a problem with a simple solution. It will require building sites and importers/ manufactures of goods to be more organised in the event of no deal, we as a company will be bringing over everything required for delivery in the last 2 weeks of March and April at the start of end of February, we usually aim to keep our goods in our yard less than 7 days to stop accidental damage occurring but we have the space to store what is required. Having spoken to a few other importers of goods we are all in the same boat with regards to planning well ahead.
On the currency it really does depend who you speak to, we use a number of currency traders and they all say different things depending on which currency and which day of the week it is. We have budgeted at a 5% drop in currency rates but much off this will be offset by purchasing currency well ahead to minimize impact on customers. The tariffs for building products are covered by WTO rules and most sit in the bracket of 1.5% to 2% as a range of a tariff.
What happens when a car breaks down? Will be like the Blackwell Tunnel and closed for hours.