Council fails to have architect jailed
11 August 2006 15:18
Dublin City Council has failed in an attempt to have architect David Grant jailed for not complying with a High Court order.
He was ordered to effectively re-build four Georgian properties on Gardiner Street in Dublin, having carried out extensive unauthorised works on them.
Mr Grant was the subject of an RTÉ Prime Time documentary two months later. He claims his practice as an architect disappeared practically overnight as a result of the programme.
This morning, lawyers for Dublin City Council said Mr Grant had made very little progress in raising the funds he needs to restore the buildings and comply with the order.
He intends to sell two properties - one on Adelaide Road in Dublin and a site in Kilcoole in Co Wicklow - but the court heard those properties are already the subject of a charge from the Bank of Scotland.
The council said the case had been adjourned seven times and asked the court to jail Mr Grant for his failure to comply with the order.
Mr Justice Budd said that although Mr Grant was still in defiance of the court he seemed to be making some efforts, however slow they were.
He said he would give him some 'breathing space'. He adjourned the case until 16 October, but said he wanted to see some progress as Mr Grant was running out of time.
parka wrote:Taken from AJ. Is he the same man???
The ARB has successfully prosecuted a man who falsely advertised his company as an architect's practice.
David Grant, head of Inspire Designs in east London, was found guilty of breaching Section 20 of the Architects Act, and was ordered to pay Â£1,500 in fines and costs by Stratford magistrates.
Grant did not attend the 6 September hearing, nor did he submit any mitigation in his defence.
A spokesman from the ARBâ€™s regulation department said after the hearing: â€˜Mr Grant had falsely advertised his firm under an â€˜Architectsâ€™ listing in the Estates Gazette.
â€˜This was a blatant attempt to mislead members of the public into believing that his firm was a reputable firm of architects. Not only does this mislead consumers, it also undermines the professionâ€™s integrity in the eyes of the public.â€™
The spokesman added: â€˜The board remains committed to prosecuting individuals who act in such a manner.â€™
by Richard Vaughan
PVC King wrote:to firstname.lastname@example.org
I would be grateful if you could confirm if you were practicing in Dublin at any point over the past ten years. I appreciate that this may seem like a strange request but I would offer that clearing up any confusion with a David Grant once based in Dublin would be entirely beneficial to your practice.
I look forward to hearing from you
PVC King wrote:Got an e-mail back from the site in question stating that he had never practiced in Dublin; there is a good article in this for a journalist either tracking the guy down to a fairly unsalubrious part of the M25 connurbation or highlighting the risks of bloggers linking a common name with an entirely innocent party.
fined Â£200 and ordered to pay Â£1,300 costs
SirRaymondMang wrote:to quote his website
"Our principal: Mr. David Grant has over 25 years experience in Architecture, Design property development and planning applications, of small, medium and large scale projects. We have completed design projects in 7 countries.
He has been consulted as an expert & written articles published in "The Sunday Times" & "The Irish Independent" Newspapers."
parka wrote:is a certificate in building studies (if lucky).
It is quite worrying that qualifications in any profession mean so little these days.