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Tim Beckett

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  • Comment on: Politician ‘extremely worried’ over Knight’s Rotherhithe bridge role

    Tim Beckett's comment 4 April, 2018 3:35 pm

    Perhaps more concerning is that the Arcadis/Knight study effectively ruled out the option of an enhanced ferry service without first consulting Thames Clippers who run the existing Rotherhithe ferry. Had they consulted Thames Clippers (or any other ferry expert) they would have learnt that an enhanced ferry service would be very much cheaper than a bridge, could run at 3 min intervals and have a comparable crossing time. It could also use zero emission vessels and be delivered by early 2021.

    Sadiq Khan (rightly) insisted on applying a value for money test to the Garden Bridge; he should apply the same test to the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf crossing.

  • Comment on: London Eye co-designer David Marks dies aged 64

    Tim Beckett's comment 9 October, 2017 12:18 pm

    It is terribly sad that David has been taken from us at such a young age when he still had so much more to give the world. I worked with David and Julia on the London Eye and then on Millbank Pier which remains, by a good margin, the most radical and exciting pier on the Thames.

    I remember him as being full of ideas and the excitement of possibilities. He also had a dogged determination to see a vision through - as evidenced by both the London Eye and the i360. And then there was his obsession about details, only the best was good enough for the public!

    David was very much an engineer's architect in that he admired and respected the engineer's skills and sought to make engineering beautiful rather than to hide it. For me it was this approach that made him so much fun to work with. He will be sorely missed.

    Tim Beckett
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