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No one has noticed that the railways in Ireland are a different gauge to those in UK and Europe at 5'3" ( 1600mm) rather than 4'8 1/2" (1435mm) This renders a railway bridge pretty useless, requiring transshipment of goods and containers at one end or the other , or specialised railway wagons with changeable gauge that would only be used on the Ireland to UK route!
Why has such a basic fact been missed? I think this is a fantasy of even greater proportions than the Garden Bridge:)
Comment on: Material passports: finding value in rubble
This is a really useful idea and deserves widespread adoption. If we are to embrace the principles of a circular economy this level of knowledge about buildings and their components is essential.
From a Lighting Design perspective in the LED world we are specifying equipment with a typical operating life greater than 50,000 hours. In many buildings this will translate to 30 + years particularly where effective lighting controls are used. It is not a good thing for this equipment to be scrapped on a typical building refurbishment cycle of 10 or 15 years, even shorter in retail or hospitality. We need to look at these assets as re-useable and re-purposable as buildings are refurbished. We are happy to do thi sin our design process as long as building owners and contractors are prepared to do this, and lighting manufacturers make efforts to provide parts and engage in refurbishment of their products.
I am very glad to see high quality late 20th C buildings being listed. I am a bit sad that the Grand Union House not being listed, the argument is specious. Would HE list a classical 19th house with later colonnaded wings being excepted from listing as not part of the original building? In architecture composition is everything, this is a bad call that will destroy the overall composition of this scheme
I totally agree with this however clients need to stop appointing the project manager and QS directly and have them appointed through the design team, i.e. under the architect. The concern seems to be that unless the client maintains separate control costs will be unconstrained. This may happen with a few architects who are too egotistical but the majority are responsible and consider the building, the client and the users properly.
I am extremely glad to see that for once project appropriateness and quality have trumped fees for a competition winning selection. It is also good to see a project that is actually buildable within the competition budget awarded. I hope this heralds an era when architectural competitions in Scotland result in quality appointments for architects and realistic high quality buildings result from them.