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Chris Roche

Chris Roche

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  • Comment on: Glenn Howells unveils skinny 165m-tall Manchester tower

    Chris Roche's comment 19 September, 2018 10:23 am

    55 storey / 850 students.
    How many lifts?
    How many staircases?
    Is it safe?
    Is it practical?
    Is it appropriate?

  • Comment on: RIBA warns against post-Brexit immigration salary threshold

    Chris Roche's comment 19 September, 2018 10:14 am

    Is it just me of is there a potential conflict between the RIBA's desire to attract European Architects to the UK with the promise of a salary below £30K and their Modern Slavery Statement, which states:

    The RIBA is absolutely committed to improving its practices to combat modern slavery and human trafficking. This statement sets out the RIBA’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its businesses or supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the financial year ending 31st March 2019.

    Irony, satire, or cynicism - you choose? However it has been clear for years that UK educated architects - British, European, and International have faced a downward spiral of salaries and opportunities as a result of the unsustainable numbers of architects in the UK.
    Hopefully both UK and European Architects will continue to have equal
    opportunity to work in the UK post -brexit, and at some point the RIBA will see the light, through the other end of the telescope and campaign for higher salaries for all, rather than complain European talent will become too expensive if the EEC introduce a minimum salary threshold.

  • Comment on: SAVE reveals ‘conservation-led’ rival to Hodder’s St Michael’s scheme

    Chris Roche's comment 17 September, 2018 10:19 am

    I was in Manchester at the weekend and witnessed first-hand the City of my youth, and it's skyline transformed beyond recognition. Sadly whilst there has been a number of good additions (Simpson Haugh) there have been a greater number of bad and ugly additions to the townscape which have had a greater impact. What is interesting is the new PR led, celebrity endorsed, "iconic" buildings masquerading as site specific, well mannered additions to a once homogenous industrial city of character.

  • Comment on: RIBA confirms president is paid a salary – so how much do they get?

    Chris Roche's comment 8 September, 2018 9:35 am

    David Green has made a very good point - how could you stand for President and not know it carried a salary? Or perhaps more importantly why was this information never made available to the membership previously to allow other candidates to consider standing?

  • Comment on: RIBA confirms president is paid a salary – so how much do they get?

    Chris Roche's comment 6 September, 2018 10:02 am

    Well done AJ for uncovering yet more secrets from the shadows.

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