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Analysis: Grenfell tragedy highlights architects' marginalisation


It is clearly understood by everyone that the reason that architects have been marginalised in terms of procurement, and why more traditional forms of contract are no longer in vogue, is cost. The construction industry has sold the mantra to clients, and clients have accepted the argument, that D&B gives ‘best value’ and ‘cost certainty’, because there is a single source for the procurement, controlling the whole process. But the focus is only on the construction project itself. It is time to look at ‘cost-in-use’, starting with the schools in Edinburgh, and of course Grenfell Tower, and many other towers across the country that have now been found to be sub-standard. For the Edinburgh schools, how convincing is the ‘best value’ mantra looking now? And for Grenfell Tower, once all the costs have been added up, including the cost of re-housing the tenants, the cost of the police investigation, the cost of the public inquiry, the cost of demolishing the tower and replacing it with housing elsewhere, when all this is added up, it is completely insignificant when one considers the heart-breaking human cost. Alan Power Alan Power Architects Ltd

Posted date

1 August, 2017

Posted time

11:59 am


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