The national total of architects working for local authorities is now only slightly greater than the 350 working in the LCC architects at its height. In 1981 there were 769,996 council homes in London, providing decent housing. Last year's national estimate of rough sleepers was 4,677, 165% greater than 2010, while the No of properties in England, empty for more than 6 months, rose 5.3%.
How much better as an architect to be briefed directly by a democratically accountable body than to be working for a developer, who central objective is to extract maximum profit.
It would be interesting to learn further what lies behind Lambeth's statement that ’Now we are now fully staffed we are able to begin the serious work of rebuilding Central Hill.’ Judging by the horrendous incompetence with which they let two D&B contracts (running concurrently and without coordination) for the supposed upgrade of my listed grade2 scheme, 269 Leigham Court Rd, there will be scant if any architectural control.
A rare good decision from this government removing a divisive figure who had made many public statements demonstrating intolerant views against sections of society.
If the sole purpose of this proposed phallic symbol is to provide a high level view, the city is not exactly deficient in such opportunities. It is a sign of a civilisation in decline when such a willy waving vanity can co-exist with diseases of deficiency such as rickets, the re-emergence of TB and teachers dropping out from their career path a year after completing training because of the stress of class sizes.