Completely agree with Jeremy & David. It is possible to work within EU rules and enjoy all the other benefits of the Union. And that adjusting / balancing the VAT rate is so important, especially in a country with limited space for new build and a great building stock gently decaying.
Not sure the VAT reasoning is correct. France applies c.20% VAT to new build and around 9% to refurb projects. So the EU regs argument seems flawed. Another case of the straight banana?
Thank you Piers. Paul Finch, rather than telling people exercising a right to protest to 'get a grip', could you define reasons why Brexit would be of benefit to our profession? It has been 2 years since the vote, and nothing about the negotiations nor their outcome is being reported as positive. As argued above, architecture firms will lose a diversity of staff from different cultures, building material costs are rising rapidly and uncertainty is slowing construction. Where is the upside? Your comments about other country's unemployment being due a single currency is highly debatable, but in any case Britain is not part of the single currency. Though admittedly the value of the pound does equal that of the euro after the Brexit vote.
Comment on: Competition: Hertfordshire housing
The Gov.uk notice for the Bulbourne development site it suggests the value of the contract (architect's fees) is £10K - £25K. The project brief describes the potential budget to be approx. £1.5M. At £10K the fee percentage would be 0.6%, at £25K it would be 1.65%. Is it possible to provide any sort of design service at that level of fee?
Comment on: Designs for living: the house as home
Great article, it seems to balance the highly specific and the inherently generic attitudes that are needed in house design. The specific can create interest and individuality, while the generic will promote more widespread acceptance (from both developers and purchasers) along with a collective impression of 'homeliness'. After all, most of us still aspire to a version of the Pooters' house.