Aberdeen villas conjoined in Ferryhill apartment bid
June 15 2021
Cater Group with Neil Rothnie Architecture have filed a change of use application to transform a former Aberdeen care home into 26 apartments.
Located within the Ferryhill Conservation Area the work will necessitate the demolition of Maryfield Lodge, a traditional single-storey building, which will be replaced with a new build block finished in traditional granite and slate with sash and case windows.
This will connect to the refurbished Maryfield East property next door by way of a modern 'link block' formed from vertical timber to connect both sites.
Promoting their design approach the applicant wrote: "The link block will be finished using vertical timber of random widths to form a rain screen style cladding with a set-off from the main structure and with gaps between to allow the windows behind to be partly visible.
"To the rear façade, this block will be finished with a grey render (K-Rend or equal) and will have larger glazed openings to take benefit from the southern aspect."
As part of the works, the original care home car park off Whinhill Road will be extended to provide 17 spaces with a further four off Fonthill Road, each with an EV charging point.
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It's (in my opinion at least) a damaging shame that certain people are able to circumvent the rules / restrictions and still participate in the industry following damning evidence againt. If someone is found guilty (and decision upheld) of 'unacceptable professional conduct and serious professional incompetence' then they should not be allowed to continue in the profession.
The current system is not fit for purpose, you have people with no qualifications whatsoever designing buildings for human habitation.
Go through planning portals for different local authorities and look at who designed the accommodation and try and search their credentials, you will find so many people that have no credentials.
You also have people who call their company 'Architectural Services' at best that is often just someone with Architectural Technician training and they are not a proper ARB registered Architect, sometimes they have some kind of basic surveying training and sometimes they have no qualifications at all.
Gas Engineers are legally not allowed to open a gas boiler unless they are Gas Safe registered, there should be something similar for buildings designed for human habitation, as I mentioned they should make it so that any planning application for one must be approved by an ARB registered architect.
As people have mentioned here this was designed by someone who was struck off from the ARB for dangerous practice, but under the current system is allowed to carry on designing buildings a unperturbed.
The designer of this scheme used to be on the ARB's registered as practiced as an architect for 40 years. He was, by your criteria, allowed during that period to design building 'for human habitation'. Do you want to go back and tear all his other building down, just in case?
Architecture and architects do a hang of a lot more than design dwellings. Is it ok, in your world, for a "person with no qualifications whatsoever" (there are very few people in that category, most have got a couple of standard grades) to design an art gallery, office, court building, factory, airport etc..?
Protectionism isn't the answer. Architects just need to demonstrate the additional quality that their particular skills bring.
Frank Lloyd Wright, Corbusier, Mies Van Der Rohe, Tadao Ando, Carlo Scarpa, etc…. All had no formal training as architects.
#2 is right, any Tom, Dick or Harry can submit a design, it is madness. People should be trained to a certain standard.
There are lots of dangerous buildings out there in terms of construction safety and a lot more will be built with the lack of standards.
Local authorities just don't have the manpower to investigate all the dodgy designs being summitted by all untrained amateurs.
Registration of Architects did not prevent the perfect storm of corruption that was Grenfell.
As deep throat has it, always, 'follow the money'.
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