UK housing needs to be designed by qualified architects and seen through from Inception to Completion as in Germany and Ireland. The Irish Government introduced this system over growing concerns about the number of building failures. Earlier this year Shelter carried out a study of new housing and found that 51% had serious building defects. Since the Grenfell Tower disaster, we now learn that 255 tower blocks and 2 schools have cladding that has failed fire tests. How many buildings have inadequate fire doors, means of escape, non-existent fire stopping in cavities and service ducts. UK Government need to ensure that qualified professionals are involved on every building project, to protect the British public.
Comment on: RIBA rethinks the future of 66 Portland Place
Wil an architect be employed to carry out the design? Or a non-architect? Anybody is allowed to design buildings in the UK. The ARB even state that they "cannot differentiate between the work of an architect and a non-architect".
Isn't it time the UK Government regulated the unqualified?
Perhaps Norman Foster would like to champion 'Minimum Architects Fee Scales' and 'Protection of Function of Architect'.
Comment on: Lyons Housing Review backs key Farrell proposal
I am currently attempting to stop Planning Officers in St.Asaph approving a residential development of 5 & 6 bedroom houses with rear garden lengths between 4.5 and 6 metres for 3 storey houses. The distance between bedroom windows down to 17.5 metres. The scheme approved at Outline Planning stage, has now been submitted for approval of Reserved Matters. The scheme backs onto an existing 1960's residential estate, why aren't the Planners protecting the existing owners properties. The scheme will result in serious loss of privacy in bedrooms and rear garden space, not to mention problems of noise and loss of sunlight.
The housing Crisis is creating the slums of the future. The Planning Officers are not enforcing Planning Policy and it appears that there is little or nothing that the UK public can do about it.