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David Berridge

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  • Comment on: Why I, an architect, stood as a Brexit Party candidate in the election

    David Berridge's comment 9 January, 2020 10:08 am

    I applaud Ike Ijeh for standing for Parliament, as he says more architects should do so.

    As for his reasons for standing for the Brexit Party;
    The current Withdrawal Agreement is worse than the one negotiated by Mrs May. It is very unlikely anyone could have improved on it to Mr Ijeh's satisfaction.
    His second reason - I agree.
    Thirdly, democracy… On a fundamental constitutional issue, the Referendum vote should have needed more than a simple majority.
    When the "Second Referendum' was run as an election, hugely more people voted against the current Withdrawal Agreement than for it. Where's the democracy in that.

    We have yet to agree a trade deal with the EU. I guess we will drop out because of BJ's desire to lower standards.
    Do we really want to lower standards?
    More Grenfells ?

  • Comment on: Alison Brooks submits plans for tile-clad Hampstead house

    David Berridge's comment 4 December, 2019 11:06 am

    "Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum, … said ’the colour [was] inappropriate and damaging to the conservation area’.

    Maybe the conservation area is the wrong colour for this building. A quick GoogleStreet wander shows too many very guady red buildings, and many extremely gross.

    Alison Brooks' scheme is perfectly judged.

  • Comment on: Competition: Wysing Arts Centre

    David Berridge's comment 22 November, 2019 9:20 am

    An open competition for a project which - subject to raising enough cash - may be worth £350-500k including fees and other costs.
    No wonder our economy is so unproductive.
    The wasted effort will likely be of more value than the cost of the project.

    Clients who don't have the ability to take a better route to commissioning an architect should not be in charge of such funds.

  • Comment on: Grenfell survivors say Studio E faces ‘serious questions’ over refit following inquiry report

    David Berridge's comment 31 October, 2019 10:48 am

    Studio E's original drawings for the cladding showed zinc sheet cladding and Rockwool insulation - all non-combustible. Furthermore the windows were positioned in the existing concrete external walls - with no fire path back into the dwellings. Drawings were once on the web.

    All this was changed by cladding contractors who offered a cheaper price, and by Kensington and Chelsea Housing Committee, who wanted more differentiation of appearance for social housing.

    Shame that the enquiry part 1 looked at how poorly we were equipped to face a fire which should not have happened had there been any proper controls in place. For decades buildings were designed so that fire would not spread as it did at Grenfell, and that people were safe to stay in place.

    All that thrown away for a saving of I think £350,000.

  • Comment on: Grenfell: London fire chief calls for urgent research on ‘buildings that fail’

    David Berridge's comment 17 October, 2019 12:47 pm

    It will take more than sprinklers inside buildings to counter-act fires resulting from the reckless use of highly inflammable claddings systems such as was used at Grenfell.

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