I read with interest the news item which reported that Snell Associates is involved in a legal wrangle with Fulham Football Club after having been 'substituted' by the Miller Partnership (AJ 24.1.02). This apparently follows on from the Miller Partnership's involvement as project auditor.
Now, as we all know, what goes around tends to come around, particularly in the world of football, so Mr Snell would do well to remember his own actions in previous seasons. In the season 1998/99, Mr Snell was asked by the chairman of Fulham FC to review KSS's designs for the new stadium at Craven Cottage, which, surprise surprise, resulted in Snell Associates 'substituting' KSS as the club's architects. (I am sure that the RIBA have another term for this! ) It is also interesting to note that, although we had been working with the club on this project for a considerable period of time, and thought we were in an exclusive role, we subsequently discovered that it was not just Mr Snell who was trying to get involved with the project.
Given these circumstances, I think Mr Snell should be congratulated for such a gritty performance in holding onto his place in the team for so long!
David Keirle, director KSS Sports and Leisure Design, London EC4