Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Building mediocrity

You couldn't find a more impressive example of how we've become a nation used to mediocrity than this.

A block of cheap and green city centre flats at the heart of the government's housing drive is to be demolished because of bungled building techniques.

The £3m project's superstructure was completed in 2000 in only three weeks, but fatal mismatches in adding the individual flat kits later emerged. All 46 residents were evacuated a year ago.

The building had won a clutch of awards and was hailed as a prototype of affordable sustainable development.

Built just over 6 years ago and already set for demolition. Don't you just love the way we hand out "awards" to this sort of project?

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