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Revealed: Thomas Heatherwick was founding member of Garden Bridge client body


Not that much of a surprise, and it's just one part of a chain of sleaze involving the 'fixing' of design bids - with blatant dishonesty involving nothing less than the 'shafting' of highly regarded members of the design professions - and to the strong suspicion that TfL's clout as an enormously powerful client was grossly misused with the active participation of senior staff (one subsequently recruited by one of our biggest design professionals). There's clear evidence that the then Mayor of London (currently our Foreign Secretary) was 'in it up to his ears', with the then Chancellor of the Exchequer (currently editor of the London Evening Standard) not far behind him, and - adding insult to injury - that they enabled the tens of millions of pound of pre-construction fees and expenses to be funded not by the sponsors but by involuntary public subscription from London council / UK government tax payers. I wonder if architects basking in the reflected glory of being associated with Mr Heatherwick might wonder if they risk flying too close to the sun? And - just a minor point - did the planning procedures really ensure due diligence in assessing the impact of this project?

Posted date

8 December, 2017

Posted time

6:40 pm


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