While there are many social and political ramifications surrounding the decision of whether or not to replace the Royal Yacht Britannia, it is saddening to see the inferior quality of the proposals so far exposed in the pages of the national and design press. Where an opportunity arises to demonstrate excellence in British marine architecture and internal fit-out, we are presented with images that combine the lines of a Boy’s Own futurist cruise ship with a
Poseidon casino interior. So far a political debacle of opportunity missed and mismanaged.
David Chaloner, design director, Conran Design Group, London EC1