You're both missing the point somewhat. The problem is not one of time management—it's that there exists an unhealthy expectation for staff to work long hours regardless of how efficiently they spend their time. The profession's lack of diversity (including socio-economic) is exactly what we're attempting to address with this initiative.
Building regulations have nothing to do with space standards, which is exactly the problem.
Hey, guys! You do realise that this is the AJ website and not Infowars, yeah?
Well, the previous scheme won a Housing Design Award last year and this new iteration is an improvement. So let's see, shall we?
Paul Finch is mistaken. Nobody is suggesting that Foster's bridge would be anything other than exceptional - but how do we know that the others' designs might not be just as good? The principle complaint with this process was that the playing field was far from level.
A more robust process would have removed the fee component entirely (after all, it's a microscopic sum in the scale of the overall project cost) and for the entries to be judged entirely on design quality. And why not an anonymous competition? The two-stage process ensured that all qualifying teams met the minimum levels of competency, so there was no reason why judges couldn't have assessed the shortlisted schemes on their relative merits without knowing who the designer was.
No-one wants the process to be reduced to myopic "bean-counting", but just for it to be fair. It appears that this was not.