Wanted: “Head of Placemaking”.

Wanted: “Head of Placemaking”.

If you fail to maintain the tyres on your car and are unlucky enough to hit a cluster of potholes puncturing all four tyres at once, speeding up will not solve the problem of arriving at your destination. You may lose all control and arrive in a ditch at the...

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Build Back to Health

Build Back to Health

Britain’s current government is good at sound bite slogans, it’s how they won the election and tipped the close-run Brexit referendum vote. Boris has recently announced the intention to invest in infrastructure, hospitals, schools, transport and housing. He, Rishi Sunak and their advisors will need to do more to speed...

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Iran, or is it Persia?

Iran, or is it Persia?

Persia has one of the longest, most inventive and sophisticated, yet least known or understood civilisations. Like all Empires, it has had eras of dreadful bloodshed and wars. The Persian Wars against Greece ended with the iconoclastic sacking of the Parthenon in 479 BC. In 515 BC, Darius I had...

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Between the Mountain and the Water

Between the Mountain and the Water

Emerging from the riverside in Shanghai, Thomas Heatherwick Studio’s latest imaginative building complex is nearing completion. Planning permission had been granted for two conventional shopping mall blocks. Developer, Tian An China wanted something that spoke to the context of water and the adjacent park. The adventurous design of two tree...

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Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground

The art and process of building has always required a mixture of skills, teamwork and perseverance. It is in large part heavy, dirty, physical hard work. To build a major construction company takes courage, time, perseverance and wilful organisational ability and drive. It is a risky business, predicting the pricing...

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Truth V. Lies

Truth V. Lies

“Manifestos are lies” so said Nigel Farage when announcing his public contract. It was the first time his words rang true for Squinch. Both the major political parties are promising the undeliverable. More lies like the 2016 Brexit bus promising £350M a week for the NHS. Billions of spending from the...

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A Modest Masterpiece

A Modest Masterpiece

This year’s Stirling Prize, the highest accolade in British architecture, has unusually been won by a housing scheme; even more unusually, affordable housing. A dozen years ago Mikhail Riches and Cathy Hawley won the commission from Norwich City Council for 105 affordable houses and flats, now known as Goldsmith Street....

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RIBA Awards announced with new direction?

RIBA Awards announced with new direction?

The Royal Institute of British Architects National Award winners for Architecture were announced on 27th June. The 54 winners include 20 that have creatively adapted existing buildings. This does prove an interesting direction towards more sustainable architectural commissions and recognition for the complexities of reinventing the building stock of previous...

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Plans for ‘The Tulip’ wilt amidst concerns over projects’ value

Plans for ‘The Tulip’ wilt amidst concerns over projects’ value

Unveiled in November 2018, ‘The Tulip’ building was supposed to be London’s, quite literally, biggest new attraction. If built, the tower would have been the tallest in the City of London at 1,000ft, second only in Western Europe to The Shard. Drafted by Norman Foster’s architectural practice, the same Foster...

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The Palace of Westminster

The Palace of Westminster

When visiting the Palace of Westminster, you will see the works of many famous sculptors, architects and painters set amidst countless frescoes, murals, tiled floors, vaulted ceilings, heraldic badges, coats of arms and State Regalia. You will walk along the corridors of power, view the Chamber of the House of...

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