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Walter Menteth

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  • Comment on: Architects should use their skills to fight pandemic, health expert urges

    Walter Menteth's comment 24 March, 2020 10:38 am

    Health and resilience qualitative standards are inseparable. To address shortcomings in health and climate change a new synthesis has long been called for. What might the priorities be?
    My thoughts for starters.
    How about a big push now to ensure adoption of mandatory minimum space and storage standards, balconies for all flats, cross ventilated dual aspect dwellings with min. ceiling heights, limitations on numbers accessing dwellings from a single core, min. amenity space with more resilient water, energy, waste conservation, management and flood resistant installations, and national broadband over a single network.

  • Comment on: Row erupts as housing secretary blocks mayor’s London Plan

    Walter Menteth's comment 13 March, 2020 11:52 pm

    So after the Tory outer buroughs forced the stripping out of small sites from the early draft London plan, reducing land available for new housing, and PDR has been extended to grant a damaging licence to destroy embodied energy - now this. Clearly not what London voted for!

  • Comment on: We need collective action to protect from rising sea levels

    Walter Menteth's comment 26 February, 2020 1:01 pm

    We do that all the time, but given the capacity issues going forward its an inadequate response to the needs and low level of engagement here

  • Comment on: We need collective action to protect from rising sea levels

    Walter Menteth's comment 25 February, 2020 1:25 pm

    The Dutch coastline is only roughly 451km long. The UKs’ coastline is roughly 12,429km, for a land mass of 243,610 km2 and a coast/area ratio of 51.4 m/km2. Relative to the length of its coastline the UK has a low population at 5.2 people/m. Ordnance survey however calculates UK’s main island at 17,820 km and when the larger islands are added, this rises to 31,368 km from which may be derived an upper coast/area ratio of 129.6 m/km2. Unbeknown to most UK also has more land currently below sea level than the Netherlands, but it is less populated (and most of it was reclaimed by Dutch engineers).
    The UK faces significant and unique challenges with a coastline that is proportionately high relative to its land area and with a comparatively low density of people relative to coastal length. It also has very low skills, governance and resource capacity focused upon the issue raised in the article - the question might be where are the architects engaged with the need for this key resilience infrastructure.

  • Comment on: Brexit provides the opportunity to rebalance anti-retrofit VAT rules

    Walter Menteth's comment 24 October, 2019 5:47 pm

    The journalistic research by Paul Finch does not seem to match the scope for VAT change as set out in the link below. Its therefore just opinion, but as per his comments on procurement - it seems it's far easier to blame the EU, something thats all too common.
    https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN00587

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