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Owen Luder

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  • Comment on: Architect petitions government over ‘hugely concerning’ office-to-resi conversions

    Owen Luder's comment 5 August, 2019 11:02 pm

    I designed very many 60's and 70's office buildings, many of which are now inevitably redundant as offices due to dramatically changed office requirements. However the basic slab design and structure makes them ideal and viable and for conversion into excellent modern residential buildings. There are no good reasons not to allow automatic approval for the change of use from offices to residential but every good reason for setting minimum standards controlling the size and quality of the flats produced and ensuring the quality of the exterior design is maintained. Several of my early office building - Bromley North and Harrogate for example - have been sensitively converted to flats and are arguably better buildings as a result. Eros House Catford however was allowed to be converted without proper control and the result is a grossly disfigured building with very poor quality flats. The result slum dwellings with extreme complaints from unfortunate occupiers and very adverse press publicity. So change of use permitted development but with conditions to control the size and quality of the flats created and the architectural integrity of the converted building. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA

  • Comment on: Populous Sphere’s giant glowing adverts spark controversy

    Owen Luder's comment 16 July, 2019 10:33 am

    `I played football on the Hackney Marshes. I designed players changing rooms there. Its an activity open space. Can't see how the adverts on the sphere are detrimental to Hackney Marshes. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA

  • Comment on: From Works completes white timber loft conversion in Blackheath

    Owen Luder's comment 5 July, 2019 10:15 am

    Yes overall a nice job that works well but externally the loft extension fits uncomfortably on the roof. Owen Luder

  • Comment on: RMJM bosses face battle over £7.75m of contested cash from Dubai deal

    Owen Luder's comment 2 May, 2019 9:55 am

    The lesson for UK architects working overseas is to ensure as far as possible you are working under UK law and whatever arrangements you make be sure you understand the potential legal implications of what you are doing and KISS - keep it simple stupid. Owen Luder PPRIBA

  • Comment on: Notre-Dame: France announces international competition to rebuild spire

    Owen Luder's comment 18 April, 2019 10:14 am

    The Notre-Dame situation reminds me of the half joking, half serious joke line I used in the past when commenting on the battle between restoration or new build. The imaginary response of the chairman of the Planning Committee to Christopher Wren when presenting his classical design for the new St Paul's Cathedral. "Mr Wren. You cannot be serious. Our historic Gothic cathedral is burnt out but the structure survives. It is past of our history. Yet you want to replace it with a classical design. Why can't you rebuild our Gothic Cathedral within the surviving walls? . Mr Wren was given a hard time before he won the argument. The result is we have the present magnificent classical cathedral and not an old St. Paul's in reconstructed Gothic. Who was right? Food for thought with Notre-Dame. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA

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