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OMA chief: 'We were serious, but the Nine Elms contest wasn't'


Regrettably these things are not new! My firm won two competitions back in the 1980s and 1990s. We did manage to get paid on one (but it was a miracle) but in the second case after winning we were told that one of the funders wanted another competition with his favourite architect involved. We were allowed to enter again! Eventually a completely ridiculous scheme "won" but we managed to get a bit of compensation. The scheme never went ahead and eventually another type of project went ahead on the site but it looked very similar to ours (which we were not surprised by as the Oxford City planners had favoured our approach. Competitions are an utter lottery. The cost is huge. But look at the Houses of Parliament competition in the 19th century. Never trust any politicians- they use the construction industry as they wish without any scruples. Thank heaven I have retired.

Posted date

24 March, 2015

Posted time

12:35 pm