What we small practices need is NOT a government bail out, but work. Just because construction has stopped because of the difficulties in keeping workers 2 metres apart is not a reason to stop designing buildings professionally. If the government hopes to achieve the promise of “40 new hospitals” it needs to commission us to design them, designing complex buildings such as hospitals is not a job for contractors, as is being discovered!
Generous my a***. To be fair there is nothing stopping me from continuing to work. Other than the fact that the work has dried up in response to the virus :-(
The lack of insurance is a serious issue but the report makes no mention of whether Matthew has been asked to provide construction drawings. Many clients proceed to tender on planning drawings and the contractor quite rightly complains, but the architect is not at fault as they were never appointed to prepare the construction information. This report is incomplete!
Comment on: Why architects can’t work from home
Of course architects can work from home. I work from home every day on BIM projects. But then I don’t use Revit :-) One architect can easily work on and complete projects of over £5 million without assistants. So why not?
If on the other hand a practice relies on teams of cheap architectural staff wrestling with 2D CAD or is running expensive software it is less likely.
Yet again the UK government completes misses the purpose of a government. It would be better for the nation and the planet if 'redundant' buildings are reused and the VAT on repairs removed and transferred to the wasteful luxury of new ones instead.
Reusing office blocks no longer suited to modern needs are far better suited to converting to new homes (to the National Space Standard) and/or other uses than demolition.