Karen Redhead’s comment that Hammersmith College buildings have not stood the test of time does not reflect the reality of an extremely robust structure clad in low-maintenance engineering bricks including paving, which have withstood very well years of neglect. As a building 40 years in age its adaptable layout would lend itself well to an upgrade to enhance its environmental performance. As to the excess of space, it is unsurprising that applicants’ role has fallen in the light of uncertainty regarding the accommodation and the starvation by central government of funds to the F.E. education sector, however there are signs that this may be about to change.
Great that Haringey found a way to refuse the scheme because it was in conflict with a planning condition included in the original construction of Alexandra House in 1980. Presumably this took some trawling through their records. Permitted development of converted industrial premises undermines planning control & should be scrapped.
The UK will be hampered to contributing to solving the most pressing problem of out age, man-made climate change and species extinction. Social inequality will increase and it is probably bye bye to the NHS, the most admired and best value health system in the world. Good luck Scotland in your bid to exit this swamp of nostalgia and self-deception.
There is the obstacle of the 20% VAT levied on retrofit while new-build housing gets off scot-free. There needs to be an equalisation before a true cost-benefit-analysis across the two fields can become a reality.
Perhaps the comment from "industry professional" is implying that the volume house builders know best and have no need of architects. They certainly have virtually a monopoly on what is on offer.