I was browsing around the new Welsh Assembly building site at www. wales. gov. uk/assemblybuilding.
It's a really good site. I'll come to the 'but' in a minute.
The opening page offers a useful menu: how to find the building, what's in it, the site and design, and lots of images.Click on 'Project in Pictures'and there is a set of thumbnails of the current site - the most recent of which, at the time or writing, were of the drilling of the earth heat exchanger boreholes.
Elsewhere on the site you have already learned that the pile caps have been levelled and but you won't look at the site if I give too much away.Back at the bottom of the thumbnails is the option to tour virtual mock ups of the main chamber and a committee room.
These are a tad schematic, but in the case of the chamber you can adjust the speed with which you pan around the space.Great, you think, and, because it's been all over this very magazine for several years, you just want to check on the site and the design.Click on one of the elevations.Nothing boring like a drawing - up eventually pops a movie view showing a diagonal perspective of the chosen elevation.
When you press the play button you move in an arc around it to the other side - just like you look at real elevations.But Finding out who the architect is is a rum old business. In fact, I had to ring up the Rogers press office to make sure it really was on board again. And while the bloke was assuring me that RRPWales relations were very cordial, I idly clicked on the 'Frequently Asked Questions'page and tried the subsection 'Design'. Here was a bunch of useful replies to pre-posed questions such as: 'What will the roof be made of?'Full of confidence, I clicked on 'The Architects'.Er , all that resulted was this message in bright red:
File not found.
Yes, I've got the screen printout.
sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com