A trawl through Hellman’s archives, in which we uncover gems that are as relevant now as they were then
Hopkins’ Portcullis House providing offices for MPs above a dramatic Piranesi-style rebuilt Westminster underground station, has been plagued by controversy since its opening in 2001 when costs escalated by a third. This AJ cartoon from 13.09.01 refers to the furore around the £150,000 for hiring fig trees in the atrium (now increased to £400,000). At the same time the building was nominated for the Stirling Prize. Recent problems with the atrium’s glazed roof are estimated to cost over £500,000 to rectify.