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Land Securities director reveals his true feelings about architects

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Steve McGuckin, development director of Land Securities, is evidently ace at his job but hasn’t yet learned silver-tongued developer speak – thank goodness.

Speaking at the AJ’s conference on masterplanning last week, McGuckin first checked that the previous speaker, Adrian Griffiths of Chapman Taylor, masterplanner of the acclaimed Princesshay development for Land Securities, had left, before letting rip.

‘For six years, I have been trying to find an alternative to Benoy, Chapman Taylor, BDP … well, BDP isn’t too bad actually… who else can work on this scale?’ he asked.

He also gave some fascinating insights into Princesshay, which has given Exeter buildings by a trio of architects – Wilkinson Eyre and Panter Hudspith as well as Chapman Taylor.

The choices were made by three different directors. ‘One of them is Australian, and wanted something in glass,’ McGuckin explained. ‘One of them wanted it to look like his Cambridge college. And one of them wanted Chapman Taylor.’

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