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ARB strikes off Bath architect for 'history of lies'

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A Bath-based architect has been struck off the ARB register after being found guilty of serious professional misconduct. Brett Greatorex was found guilty of all seven charges against him by the ARB's professional conduct committee last Wednesday.

The hearing followed complaints from Bath vicar Reverend Ian Lewis, who accused Greatorex of deception over the cost of his project for a new church hall for St Bartholomew's Parish.

Lewis accused Greatorex, of Walcot Street, of misleading him by claiming he had put the job out to tender when no tendering process had taken place, while the cost of the project had spiralled from £250,000 to £524,000.

In his judgment, the PCC's chairman, Peter Verdin, said he had heard 'a history of systematic and deliberate lies' by the defendant, and found him guilty of 'inaccurate representations' over the tendering process and of falsely claiming to have secured a quantity surveyor. Verdin also found the architect guilty of a further two charges of failing to adhere to the cost limit after Greatorex's bills for the project spiralled. In addition, Greatorex was proved to have misled the vicar that he had prepared a contract for the work when no contract existed, and to have carried out the work without adequate insurance - 'the result of a deliberate and contemplated decision by the defendant'.

In striking Greatorex from the register, Verdin pointed to a 'serious breach of trust' by the architect and advised that 'any application to reinstate the name on the register in due course should be treated by those who receive it with the greatest of caution'.

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