Architect Director, One-world design:
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the construction contract would be a relevant document would it not? I guess they can only summons information from public servants rather than an independent charity... but given that TfL is such a large client contractors and consultants perhaps Bouygues or Arup will see fit to send a copy to the GLA for the sake of openness and transparency
This could tie in well with the regeneration of the Winstanley Estate in Battersea if Chelsea would consider moving South of the Thames. The site would be immediately adjacent to Clapham Junction (Stadia capacity is reliant on public transport availability). There is also a new footbridge being built (eventually) that links the area with Chelsea Harbour (the diamond jubilee/Cremorne bridge) so Chelsea based fans would have a short stroll across the river. One world Design did a sketch of this location as CFC's new home back in 2012 which we have put on twitter...
nothing wrong with the design - its the brief that is questionable.
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.
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.....