‘Nobody believes them any more’… HOK’s Daniel Hajjar considers what is wrong with UK politics and planning

Dan Hajjar, HOK (2)

After 20 years in the Middle East, Daniel Hajjar moved to the UK, where, eight years on, he finds the political ‘flakiness’ of the country has made it an infuriating place to build. Thomas Lowe reports

It’s 3pm on a Friday afternoon and HOK’s Fitzrovia office is nearly deserted. In the distance, a sole staff member taps away on a computer surrounded by empty chairs. Lights are already dimmed in many of the office rooms, a fairly typical scene in the capital these days. Building Design awkwardly surveys a model of HOK’s design for Barcelona FC’s new Palau Blaugrana Arena as a receptionist looks on.

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