Graeme Souness (pictured) has won a battle to build a luxury house in the garden of his home Football legend Graeme Souness has won a battle to build a luxury house in the garden of his home. The former Liverpool and Rangers star lodged plans to hive off part of his garden and erect a new build mansion on it. The Sky Sports pundit, 66, lives in a £3million property in Poole, Dorset, near to the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula. He applied for planning permission from the local council in August for a three-bedroom house complete with gym, steam room, plunge pool and a double garage. But the ex-Scotland captain's proposals attracted criticism from his next door neighbour in the millionaires' row. Paul Barrett, 73, a retired builders' merchant, said the new home would impinge on his privacy and has described it as 'over development'. Conservation campaigners also raised concerns that the house, which will overlooks Poole Harbour, could have a 'significant effect' on marine wildlife in … [Read more...] about Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness, 66, wins battle to build a £3 million luxury house in the garden of his home as his Sandbanks neighbours label the former Liverpool captain a ‘hypocrite’ for objecting to other new homes being built
Why layout of building is given
Wonders never cease. The Royal Institute of British Architects has just given a prize to a street. Not to a vainglorious skyscraper, or an “iconic” bunker museum or a luxury pad in a field, but a living, breathing street. This street is not just a street but a “council street”. Norwich council’s chief executive, Laura McGillivray, claims no higher ambition than that “new social housing should be a fabulous place to live”. She did not seek some architectural “statement”, just a neighbourhood like the thousands that – at least in the private sector – have retained their popularity among Britons who have had choice in the matter for some three centuries. I have championed streets all my life and find it painful to hear Goldsmith Street’s new residents say why they so like it. “The place just seems safe … To see my little girl playing outside the front door made me cry … We made instant friends across … [Read more...] about Streets make communities. Have architects realised at last?
The award of the Stirling prize to Goldsmith Street in Norwich has rightly been hailed as an affirmation of the essential role of well-designed council housing in modern Britain. For the prize, given by the Royal Institute of British Architects to the best building project of the year, has gone to an enclave of homes for rent at affordable prices, with secure tenancies, built by Norwich city council. Designed by the architects Mikhail Riches with Cathy Hawley, it is built to exceptionally high environmental standards, with energy bills about 70% lower than average. Its layout aims to maximise the outdoor space available to children and pedestrians, with cars kept to the edge of the site. It is thoughtful, humanly scaled and well detailed. It also, unlike some council housing of the past, does not set itself apart, or mark out its residents as different kinds of citizens from everyone else. It is a piece of a city like many others. Goldsmith Street is part of a resurgence in council … [Read more...] about The Observer view on the Stirling prize-winning Goldsmith Street