Tony Allen, Managing Director ARM Architecture

To suggest that the proposal from Foster’s office is appropriate as an additional element is offensive to the sophistication of the overall design of Fed Square.

From January 1998 to December 2002 I was employed by the Lab + Bates Smart Joint Venture as the Architectural Project Manager to oversee the design, documentation and delivery of all architectural services for Federation Square. I worked along-side Donald Bates, Peter Davidson and Robert Bruce to ensure that the architectural integrity of the scheme was maintained and documented such that Multiplex could construct the entire Square to the standard that we value so highly today.

I led a team of over 60 architects who were dedicated to the success of the project, all of whom were immensely proud of their involvement in creating the public space that Melbourne had lacked for so long and one that has proved to be enormously popular over the last 15 years.

To suggest that one of the buildings should be demolished after such a short life is a disgraceful waste of energy and resources. This building is an essential piece of the Fed Square puzzle and its relationship to the cultural buildings that make up the bulk of the Square is very important, despite what Donald Bates has said about it. And to suggest that the proposal from Foster’s office is appropriate as an additional element is offensive to the sophistication of the overall design of Fed Square.