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French flair sets a better impression


Having just returned from France, travelling over 1600km by car during my holiday, Dave Parker's editorial 'Style with substance' (NCE 22/29 August) struck a chord.

My family became quite bored with me complaining, 'Why can't we design bridges like this in the UK?', as we passed under yet another original, attractive design.

By comparison, UK road bridges seem to be designed with structural efficiency and simplicity in mind, but nothing more. With a few notable exceptions they are low key and workmanlike, and not worthy of a second glance.

I hesitate to mention the old chestnut of status but how do we expect to enthuse our children with engineering and enhance our profession if we do not take every opportunity to create structures which make a real impression.

David Slarks (M), david@jslarks.

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