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David Berridge

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  • Comment on: ARB fines architect for poor planning advice and delays

    David Berridge's comment 30 June, 2020 10:22 am

    Using the Civil Standard of Proof that something is more likely than not to have occurred, ARB might have taken a little closer look at the Complainant's actions;
    - why did he employ an Italian architect who employed part-time Romanian workers as a builder,
    - why did C not employ an architect to prepare detail designs and to look after the building works in the traditional procurement model,
    - why did C who procured sited for developers, and who had been through the planning process on this extension suddenly jump up and ask for a larger extension without realising planning would be needed?

    Again a fine set of minds in judgement, none of whom have ever been involved in small projects like this which are often more pain than they are worth.

    One should note that however cheaply a client wants work doing, he will have money for lawyers if anything goes wrong, and will have a 33 page bundle of evidence.

    One should also note that one's actions in any sphere of life may now be judged against the ARB Code of Conduct.

    The judgement reads like notes taken from several Zoom meetings, which is in fact what happened.

  • Comment on: Legal blow for Sophie Hicks’ self-designed underground home in Holland Park

    David Berridge's comment 30 June, 2020 9:20 am

    @Chris Abbott @Chris Rogers
    I had a project once where the solicitor had not noticed that the garden and basement area had not been included in the land Registry entry. He was rather embarrassed and did sort it out.

    @Babel
    Sophie Hicks will hardly sue herself for a defective basement : In fact she will do it properly.

    @Trabtrib
    Read the article - she has designed a number of fashion stores in the UK and abroad : That makes good money. As a former stylist at Vogue magazine she had the contacts.
    Getting ahead in wat can be a very subjective industry - in terms of what sort of design is fashionable - is difficult for all.
    Women architects - eg Sophie Hicks - are moving forward, as are a few BAME architects.
    Sadly, this country is still quite sexist and even more racist, especially property and construction.

  • Comment on: ‘Jenrick is in an impossible position and should resign’

    David Berridge's comment 26 June, 2020 1:27 pm

    Incompetent Jenrick. If I were to hand pornographer Desmond a £40 M windfall, I might want 50% rather than a third of a percent.

    Tower Hamlets is a relatively sane Borough, not the 'Marxists' referred to by Desmond.

    Community Infrastructure Levy is the same rate for all developments, part to the Borough and part to GLA.

  • Comment on: Legal blow for Sophie Hicks’ self-designed underground home in Holland Park

    David Berridge's comment 22 June, 2020 9:37 am

    Although I would not choose to live underground (apparently from the section), surely Hicks' aesthetic judgement and that the scheme has PP would be enough to satisfy neighbours' criteria…?

  • Comment on: RIBA president Alan Jones returns after ‘sincere and unqualified apology’

    David Berridge's comment 12 June, 2020 2:02 pm

    If all that happened was an extra-marital affair I don't see what the problem was. Private matter and should not have been quizzed by RIBA staff.
    The fuss made by the RIBA was out of all proportion and shows to just what depths of irrelevancy this institute has sunk.

    But, Alan Jones was unable to draw a line under the incident and foolishly stepped back from the Presidency.
    Both poor judgement calls : He should go.

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