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Seven-year-old zero carbon school demolished due to leaks


Having spent most of my working life in the USA may account for my utter disgust with the UK building profession. That disciplinary proceedings against the architects have not been initiated by the RIBA can only attest to the complete and utter lack of understanding about timber construction shown by all parties connected with this shameful saga. Not just the architects; sure, designing a building with no acceptable primary roof covering is pretty bad, but what on earth were the structural engineers and CLT fabricators thinking? To design a building that in event of water intrusion - whether external or from condensation - requires demolition, demonstrates an almost criminal incompetence. Even more shocking, details of the project were published in most construction periodicals, and no one raised a red flag!!! No AHJ in the US would have spared the plans a second glance and would have rejected them of hand. I will state it quite categorically: Architectural education must be reformed.

Posted date

7 December, 2016

Posted time

11:13 am