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Branson Coates co-founder struck off register of architects

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Douglas Branson, founder of ‘once fashionable’ Branson Coates Architecture, was one of three architects recently erased from the register of architects after being found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct

Formed in 1985, Branson Coates was famous for projects such as the Body Zone in the Millennium Dome and the Museum of Popular Music in Sheffield (pictured).

The Architects Registration Boards’ Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) heard that despite ‘numerous attempts’ to establish whether the architects were carrying ‘appropriate and adequate’ insurance cover for their work, including emails and telephone calls, the three individuals had chosen to ignore requests for information from the Board.

The PCC found that they had either failed to have insurance, or failed to provide evidence of that insurance.

Summing up, PCC chairman Peter Verdin said the architects had shown an apparent disregard for the need to have professional indemnity insurance and by not responding to ARB’s correspondence, they had treated their regulatory body with contempt.

Soraya Motavelli and Frank Pawlowski were the other architects to be erased from the register.



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