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‘Think again’, MP tells Garden Bridge investors during Commons debate

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Good for Kate - too much of what's been going on in the Garden Bridge saga symbolises the grubby 'see no evil, speak no evil' private underside of public life in this country. The current issue of Private Eye features a six page 'Revolving Doors Special' titled 'Public Servants, Private Paydays' and Richard de Cani & Isabel Dedring would surely qualify for inclusion among the people listed (a door revolving in both directions, in Mr de Cani's case) Arup were remarkably keen to trumpet the recruitment of Isabel, but seemingly reticent when Richard returned to the fold. Goodness knows what Sir Ove Arup himself would've made of this, but I doubt very much whether Arup engineers and architects of the stature of Sir Jack Zunz and Sir Philip Dowson would have been very impressed - two real professionals, with the integrity to match. And outside the revolving doors the architectural profession has two firms of considerable repute who appear to have been thoroughly shafted in the bridge design contest. As far as I'm aware they've remained silent, but - if so - whether this is down to a 'win some, lose some' acceptance of the rough and tumble of bidding for work, or to a fear of upsetting a powerful client with many powerful friends (collectively having enormous powers of patronage), or to fear of being perceived as bad losers, goodness knows But the architectural profession should surely take notice, if it values its integrity - and I wonder if Jane Duncan has finished 'tacking'?

Posted date

8 September, 2016

Posted time

1:08 pm

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