Fred Goodwin shreds his own office

So it turns out that Fred ” the Shred” Goodwin is as much of a menace to building projects as he is to banks, according to the developer who built RBS’s flash new office in Manchester. I invited Allied London’s construction director Graham Skinner to speak at the latest of Building’s Phase One networking events for young construction professionals last Thursday at Spinningfields in Manchester. He said Goodwin had taken a special interest in the architecture – though unfortunately not the structural engineering, as he demanded a crucial column be removed from the lobby after digging was well underway. Perhaps there’s a clue there…

Author: Katie Puckett

I am an experienced journalist, copywriter and editor who has covered the built environment for nearly 20 years. I’ve interviewed thousands of senior executives, politicians and experts in many fields and travelled to report on stories throughout Europe, the US, the Gulf states and India. My articles have appeared in many business and professional titles including Building, Estates Gazette, Inside Housing, the Bartlett Review, Insurance Times and Lloyd’s Market. I am co-author, with architect Bill Gething, of Design for Climate Change, published by RIBA, and I launched and edit The Possible, a thought leadership magazine for global engineering firm WSP. I'm also co-founder of Wordmule, an editorial studio that specialises in buildings and cities.

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