Coming fresh form the compilation of the Urban Regeneration Dictionary (as reported in this blog on Tuesday 11 February) the news today that consultancy Arup has been appointed "to coordinate the work for the environmental impact assessment (EIA)" into the planned HS2 link between London and Birmingham has caused immense mirth and merriment around the UKR camp. Nobody disputes the appointment, of course, as everybody loves Arup. And they are the obvious cross-disciplinary practice to use really. They are also our esteemed neighbours, as the UKR office is also in Fitzroy Square (theirs is perhaps just a little grander).
But having only just issued our definition of an EIA as "an earnest and exhaustive combination of the obvious, the speculative and the impossible-to-know" the UKR team believes that the HS2 EIA will have to be the Mother of All EIAs ever! Blimey, it will even put that for T5 to shame, we reckon. Mutterings to the effect of "Coordinate the work huh! More like co-ordinating the convoy of pantechnicons necessary to carry such an EIA" and "just how many forests will be felled to achieve this extraordinary feat" and "think of the expense" through to a mere collapse-in-a-heap-burying-your-head-in-your-hands "why oh why".