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David Berridge

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  • Comment on: Make set to lay off staff as projects stall due to Brexit uncertainty

    David Berridge's comment 12 February, 2019 5:35 pm

    @Mackenzie Architects
    Mos def BREXIT is the cause, just ask Rees-Mogg who has shifted millions out of the country to Ireland, not to mention huge withdrawals from property shares in the last few months.
    Post BREXIT there will be a huge surplus of buildings, so it is not a good time to build buildings, which will remain empty, even if interest rates are currently low.

  • Comment on: Make set to lay off staff as projects stall due to Brexit uncertainty

    David Berridge's comment 12 February, 2019 3:20 pm

    @Mackensie Architects
    Mos def BREXIT is the cause, just ask Rees-Mogg who has shifted millions out of the country to Ireland, not to mention huge withdrawals from property shares in the last few months.
    Post BREXIT there will be a huge surplus of buildings, so it is not a good time to build buildings, which will remain empty, even if interest rates are currently low.

  • Comment on: Brexit provides the opportunity to rebalance anti-retrofit VAT rules

    David Berridge's comment 10 January, 2019 10:54 am

    As I understand it, this country decided what VAT rates to apply, and once decided, under EU rules the rates cannot be changed.

    But, in 2016 after a fuss, the government negotiated with the EU a reduction from 5% to zero rating on Women's Sanitary Products.

    There are such good economic and social reasons to equalise the VAT on new v refurb, surely we could negotiate that change… if we weren't so mired down in some other business.

    We only need to blow the bloody doors off…
    We don't need blow the whole thing up!

  • Comment on: ARB boots over a thousand architects off its books

    David Berridge's comment 8 January, 2019 11:22 am

    Not to mention those architects with direct debits who had their fee taken one month early. That's a one-off 8% hike.

    But seriously, ARB needs to grow up and realise that quite a few architects are struggling, especially those with their own practice, and many more will do so post BREXIT. Don't just throw architects off the Register willy-nilly for not paying, they comply in all other respects. Have some patience.

  • Comment on: ‘No regrets’ on Mac fire-safety decisions, says Glasgow School of Art chief

    David Berridge's comment 16 November, 2018 11:06 am

    The second fire has much more culpability;
    there had already been a fire, so everyone should have been more alert, the 24-7 fire safety warden and alarm systems did not work,
    air ducts had not been temporarily fire stopped,
    combustible insulation was been stored on site.

    All concerned with the post first fire work should be removed, including Muriel Grey and the GSA board.

    And Yes, it should remain a working school of art.

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