In support of the AJ campaign championing (sensitive) reuse in the built environment. The demands of which are: Cut VAT rate on refurbishment, repair and maintenance from 20 per cent to 5 per cent; Promote the reuse of existing building stock and reclaimed construction material by introducing new clauses into planning guidance and the building regs; Stimulate the circular economy and support a whole-life carbon approach in construction by insisting that all publicly funded project look to retrofit solutions first.

Waste & consumption needs to be reduced (& incentivised by government policy) if environmental concerns are to be followed through.


Storm the asylum

Congratulations to Simon Allford (one of the founding directors of the Stirling prize winning practice AHMM) for being elected as the next RIBA President. A leaner, more open, productive, engaged and reinvigorated RIBA will now be created.

AHMM The Yellow Building, Monsoon Village P1, 2008

LA homes

Looking back through some old photos: We had some fun exploring these and other LA gems. The Mayan block Ennis House designed/built by FLW in early 1920s was used as Deckard’s apartment in Bladerunner (set in an at the time future 2019). Charles Eames daughter kindly let us wander round the Eames house. And the suburban home of Frank Gehry.


Good to see characterful old buildings re-used & given a new lease of life. The first phase of this barn conversion is complete. Construction work including underpinning, renovation of the original timber frame & timber cladding, new floor slab, roof finishes, insulation, doors, windows & roof-lights, all by FA Valiant & Son https://www.favaliant.co.uk