Pitman Tozer Architects and Stitch are delighted to be part of the HTA team, a fun and productive collaboration to date. Looking forward to the next stage.
I completely agree with Paul that central government needs to become actively engaged and provide significant funding, coupled with an active role in delivery. The Mayors policies are otherwise well intentioned but likely to be ineffective.
Sajid Javid seems to be trying. With £70bn of debt moved off the books today, prior to the budget, perhaps, finally the Chancellor is getting on board? If only the conservatives can move away from the 'home owning' neo-Thatcherite rhetoric and concentrate on affordability and delivery.
The message is clear: the Mayor wants more Affordable homes, which must be welcomed. What's also clear is he has limited funds and powers to achieve it. I only hope that the upping of the rhetoric doesn't result in political mud slinging instead of much needed government action.
At long last, thank you!
A great idea and one that should be welcomed by the profession and by clients alike. Giving publicly available, transparent, scales that connect services with fees across different project types, scales and sectors is useful for anyone bidding or commissioning architects.
We are happy to be involved and look forward contributing. The more the (statistically) merrier.
Tall buildings should be judged by 2 things:
1. What they give back to the public locally, principally at its base to the public realm, &
2. Design Quality.
Given they are seen from further afield and have a wider impact, they should meet a higher quality threshold than buildings with only local impact.