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Gordon  Gibb

Gordon Gibb


Architect, Expert Witness, Course Leader


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  • Comment on: Boris Johnson asks for feasibility study into Northern Ireland-to-Scotland bridge

    Gordon Gibb's comment 11 September, 2019 11:34 am

    Would it be only DUP members that were allowed to cross it, and only if they propped up the Tory Party? This wouldn't possibly be a populist idea to buy votes, would it? Will the feasibility study for the bridge that will never be built, be likely to cost as much as letting a contract for a pointless bridge in London when you don't own the land at its ends, I wonder?

  • Comment on: HTA sparks anger with plans for tower block behind Hoover Building

    Gordon Gibb's comment 10 September, 2019 12:15 pm

    David Farmery I don't think that maximising the value of the site is a material consideration in planning terms. If it were, out-of- scale development potentially insulting or even destroying its context would be self-justifying.

  • Comment on: HTA sparks anger with plans for tower block behind Hoover Building

    Gordon Gibb's comment 10 September, 2019 10:16 am

    The scheme does look massively out of scale and I can understand why people would be concerned. The Hoover Building is not predominantly Egyptian in its decoration. Although there are Egyptianate elements, used to better effect in his earlier work, Thomas Wallis was moving into a more Jazz Style idiom by the time of Hoover, picking up Native American and geometric forms, within basic classical monumentality.

    His much better building on the Great West Road, the Firestone Buiding from 1928, was detroyed in an episode of state sponsored vandalism in 1980, when the developer, Trafalgar House, demolished it over a weekend with the inside knowledge that the listing would arrive on the Monday. That is why Hoover was listed when it was.

    It would be good to know that lessons have been learned from that, and that the horizonal emphasis of the building sitting on the "road of factories" is not going to be lost because of an inappropriate and overbearing neighbour.

  • Comment on: Notre-Dame: France announces international competition to rebuild spire

    Gordon Gibb's comment 18 April, 2019 11:35 am

    Robert Wakeham, I think the expression "scandalously re-destroyed" is one of the best pieces of language use I have ever witnessed. It may indeed be found that the Notre-Dame loss resulted from negligence, but I tend to think that the Notre-Dame situation is quite different to the potential resolution to the GSA fiasco. The spire is a discrete object which adorns the building. I think it can be changed, although any new idea would have to be measured against the quality and longevity of its predecessor, rather than being approved because it suits the current ephemeral fashion (isn't it great how good post-modernism looks now?). I think that the competition is a good thing, but I do think that the spire should be for aspirers. The eye of the needle test should be applied to the entries, with the rich "stars" being unable to pass through whether on a camel or not. Let the meek inherit the win for once, Emmanuel.

  • Comment on: ‘Tulip is an abomination’ says Gherkin client

    Gordon Gibb's comment 12 April, 2019 11:42 am

    This is truly grotesque monument to previous century male-dominated thinking. What a load of rubbish!

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