Well done Sadiq. What annoyed me most about this gaudy and vacuous oligarch vanity project was its claim to be BREEAM excellent - claiming generating like a gigaton of carbon emissions for ??? function is OK because you've done a tick box sustainability exercise.
This is clearly a scheme designed with a focus on materiality, rather than sustainability. Uninsulated external walls, not even plastered to improve airtightness. Leaky folding doors, loads of steel. Etc etc. No real effort appears to have been made to reduce energy demand.
Whether eco tariffs really create additional renewable capacity is certainly arguable for some suppliers, but will we really get enough clean power to disregard having to reduce demand? I'm not convinced of this, nor of the purported sustainability of this project in general.
Comment on: RIBA blasted over failed RSPCA competition
What's particularly galling is the way every time RIBA are called out for wasting everyone's time with these competition fiascos, they leap to defend themselves from any criticism, rather than listening to their members and accepting that there's scope to improve.
Obviously there's a risk in competitions but the risk is meant to be that someone else wins, not that the competition as a whole is launched before anything is know about its feasibility but it's given a veneer of plausibility by being organised by RIBA.
The whole RIBA competition system needs fundamental review, with input from members about what minimum standards should be adhered to before the call goes out.
What does modular have to do with overheating? The main experts - Dr Anstasia Mylona from CIBSE and Prof Gupta from Oxford didn't appear to mention this, instead talking about aspect, shading, ventilation - the sort of things you'd expect, and how more rigorous modelling of overheating should be required in the building regs.
The idea that modular is not resilient to overheating came from the Mineral Products Association who lobby for concrete - a material notably rare in modular housing.
So hopefully the civil servants dealing with this will take this into account.
It's all about the elevation with the Terrys, isn't it. They rarely seem to send the press plans or sections. How is the building organised? How do you move around it? What does it feel like when you get there? It is all a mystery.
Maybe a bit more of such information would explain things like why the symmetry stops being important at the curved yellow corner and what exactly is happening with the roof there. Maybe...