I gather that the latest victim of London's dilatory planners is one of its most successful concerns – the mighty Berkeley Homes. The housebuilder carefully entrusted a major housing development to Southwark council's planning committee in January. Alas, the meeting had to be cancelled at the last minute on the grounds that nobody could find the key for the office where it was to be held. Then it appears to have been put to the back of the queue …
You can't buy this PR
I see our revelation that Jarvis has sprouted a new arm has finally been noticed (6 February, page 25). The story about Engenda was picked up last week by satirical magazine Private Eye and then by The Guardian. The piece in The Guardian quoted a brand expert who labelled the new name "bollocks". The GMB union then piped up with its opinion that the business should have been called "In Danger".
I see one of our rivals has received some attention from UK Press Gazette, the trade mag for us humble scribes. Apparently, the title in question informed a reader who brought an error to its attention that it was its policy to include "a few intentional mistakes" in its journalism, and that it reports "anyone who notices to their manager, since they are obviously not busy enough". As Press Gazette puts it, this novel editorial technique consists of "taking the piss out of the complainant". How shameful.
Above and beyond …
Thanks to our occasional Devonshire diarist Greg Trickey for sending us his pal Nolan's spoof QS magazine. This includes the chance to subtract large numbers, acquire your own random out-turn generator and disguise your personality disorders. It also continues its popular column on counting bricks (part 14 covers the funny-shaped ones). At least I think it's a spoof.
Tongues are already wagging in anticipation of the bacchanalian rites of spring otherwise known as MIPIM, with some already talking about the best clients to cosy up to. One industry mover and shaker suggests that Minerva is worth sniffing round, given that it is planning to build a Nicholas Grimshaw-designed tower in the City and it has ambitious plans for Croydon (don't we all?). Another mentioned is the Royal Bank of Scotland, which has a £200m scheme planned in EC1. Gensler and FaberMaunsell are understood to be involved in this one.
Anyway, do let me know how you get on …