As a member of the London Practice Forum and having experience of both seconding out and seconding in studio members, this has been positive experience for our staff and our studio at Pitman Tozer Architects. Our staff have learnt how others work, made new friends, gained experience and shared knowledge. We've benefited in being able to better plan and allocate skills and resources to where most needed.
At the London Practice Forum, with Cousins & Cousins & Russell Curtis & others we've been working together to come up with intelligent mechanisms for tackling the inevitable ebbs and flows of work, where collectively we are better able to manage them, than we are as individual practices.
In my view this is the kind of grown up thinking and action that's long overdue.
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.