It would have been so easy to retain the heritage architecture and still build an enormous new monolith on that site. Its also completely possible to extend and re-clad the existing concrete frame rather than trashing the whole thing. This is short sighted, it wont retain its value when people realise what such a deep plan building is actually like. How are they allowed to claim this as sustainable? by what measure is this lump of poorly designed housing market speculation sustainable?
How can they justify the low pay he gives to his staff, and the insanely large bonus he pays to himself (even though he doesn't even live in the same country as the office) in light of the recent RIBA Commission on Ethics and Sustainable Development?
How is the RIBA and architects declare really representing working architects and accurate science when they are still promoting business leaders engaged in activities like this?
Also, a building plan in the shape of a company logo? really?
It seems like the council decided that they wanted 800 new homes (mostly private) a long time ago in a business plan, and also the maximum heights in the area. That's some big constraints to put on all the various different designers.
These buildings do need an energy efficiency upgrade at least if we are going to reduce our carbon footprint though, we are going to have to find a way to refit all listed buildings if we want to keep using them in the way they were designed.
Hello climate change denier regulars
By commenting with your practice name and disagreeing with all respected scientists are you not massively damaging your reputation and effectively admitting that you have no technical, scientific or engineering ability as a firm? How could you be trusted to carry out research and development if you are happy to discount the vast majority of scientists based on no real evidence.
this comment section is evidence enough that we aren't at all ready as an industry!
Is any practice actually giving their staff time off without using annual leave? Is there any practice that is following this for the full week not just the first day?
What about Ben Derbyshire's employees? Are they really getting paid time off or is this just virtue signalling?