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Owen Luder

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  • Comment on: RICS urges new chancellor to slash VAT on refurbishment work

    Owen Luder's comment 18 February, 2020 10:33 am

    In both of my two terms as RIBA President 1981-83 and 1995-97 I was campaigning for the VAT on repairing and renovating existing buildings to be removed - particularly with listed buildings. Even then it was absurd government policy to tax repairs and renovations and make them more expensive when policy should be to encourage repair and retention and not demolition and redevelopment. That applied then and even more now 25 years later. The new Chancellor has the option to put right an absurd political and economic policy. Owen Luder CBE PPRIBA

  • 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

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