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Architect cleared of professional misconduct

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The architect who was alleged to have left a top antique expert substantially out of pocket by making mistakes when building his kitchen (AJ 5.2.98) was cleared of professional misconduct last week.

Charles Graham from Hammersmith, west London, was not penalised for the only allegation upon which negligence was proved at a hearing of the Architects Registration Board's professionalstandards committee. Four other allegations were not proven.

Client Mark Hinton, a director at auctioneer Christie's, alleged that Graham had not applied for proper planning permission, referring to the fact that his house was in a conservation area. He also accused the architect of failing to stick to the particulars of their agreement.

Committee chairman Michael Churchhouse said that although the architect was negligent considering the dimensions of the extension, this did not amount to professional misconduct. He added that the committee's decisions were proved, like in a criminal hearing, beyond reasonable doubt.

But so far as his membership of the RIBA was concerned (stipulated in his contract), Graham admitted that he had 'made a mistake'. He had not renewed his subscription because he had concludNORMS is to rebuild and extend a London office building with glazed floors and roof terraces following the granting of planning permission by Islington council last week.

Companies House in City Road will be increased in size by 50 per cent and the 22,700m 2scheme, called Oliver's Yard, will be focused on gardens and landscaped courts.

Completion is due for 2001.

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