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Culture secretary refuses to reverse Dunelm House listing decision


Karen Bradley probably knows very little about architecture, or even “leaky” roofs, so who is advising her? Has she been on a site visit? And who is advising the University? Mending the leaks, improving the insulation and refurbishing/updating the interior is obviously going to cost less than knocking it down and starting again? What’s the use of Historic England if you’re not going to heed their advice? It has to be considered as a piece with the bridge, and in relation to it’s setting; and as a work involving one of the world’s greatest engineers. They don’t demolish Wren, Lutyens or Corb yet because the roof leaks or they haven’t been maintained. The FM Dept is usually deficient and poorly funded in most institutions. Has the AJ access to any photos of the interior to illustrate the poor use of space, and the damage caused by water ingress? Then we could judge for ourselves. And if you’ve got the time, go to Durham and look at this building in relation to the Cathedral and the town itself. It should be an essential part of every architects education, especially the Cathedral with it’s almost Brutalist and amazing Norman interior.

Posted date

2 November, 2017

Posted time

9:47 am