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We couldn't accept new Crystal Palace terms

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I was deeply disturbed by the quotes attributed to the London Borough of Bromley chief planner Stuart Macmillan (AJ 17/24.08.00).

Ian Ritchie Architects always assumes its responsibilities towards a client and the project in a very thorough and professional manner.

This is especially true when we have prepared a coherent design, obtained planning and the vast majority of the reserved matters permissions, argued for the aesthetic credibility of the design in public meetings and submitted a detailed design justification in the form of an affidavit in connection with legal hearings.

We had detailed and specified the entire external envelope of the building of glass and stainless steel, and these significant elements of the building had been tendered and tenders returned. We, and to our knowledge, all of the design consultants involved were asked to stop work in September 1999. We received no further instructions from our client.

In April this year we met Mr Springer, the new project director at London & Regional Properties. New budget, programme and procurement conditions were imposed which we could not accept considering the status, sensitivity and high quality that the project demands. We reluctantly declined to accept further instructions from L&R Properties.

When we were informed that RHWL were the new architects, at the request of the client, we transferred all the information and copies of documentation in the formats requested.

Ian Ritchie, Ian Ritchie Architects

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