Goldfinger, Peter (31 of 33) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London and the British Library

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    Goldfinger, Peter, 1933- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 31: Rhyiad job, some problems. Prof. Hapold’s idea to form organisation of young professionals in building industry, details. Builders, architects, engineers, monthly meetings, annual conference in different universities. PG ran one in Liverpool, details. Monthly meetings held in offices of various professional Institutes. Approx ten people at monthly meetings, a hundred or so annual conference. Conference in Nottingham University fiery speech by female GLC architect. PG bemoans Margaret Thatcher’s abolition of GLC and with it the disbanding of a tremendous body of expert knowledge, loss of records and drawings of buildings, effect still felt to this day. Quality of GLC buildings excellent. Standards developed after war as to what would be expected in buildings as to size of rooms, ventilation, etc abandoned and deterioration in buildings is now evident. Methods of sound insulation between flats. Powerful builders’ lobby put pressure on Mrs Thatcher, details. Union strikes during building of Barbican. The ‘Lump’ explained. Details of project with Renton, Howard, Wood for telephone exchange in Liverpool. Role of Institute of Heating and Ventilating Engineers, details. Sheffield University architecture school building. Description of campus. and PG’s involvement in development of university. Description Psychology Building, special requirements, animals on roof, fruit flies, details. Laboratories for National Environmental Research Council, special requirements, details. PG recommends Max Gordon, expert consulting engineer, as an interviewee on this. Warwick University with Peter Howard and Nick Thompson adding buildings to new campus., arts building for exhibitions plus auditorium and student housing. Discussion about charges for commissions in those days, details. Competitive tendering, disadvantages. Relationship with architects and negotiating costings. Role of Property Services Agency, a Government organisation. Problems of negotiating costs. Association of Consulting Engineers guidelines

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