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Newton's theory flawed


Arthur Newton does not seem to understand that within our industry, architects, engineers and other professionals often work together to produce, among other things, bridges (NCE 16 November).

He cites two recent projects to illustrate what he calls 'alternative attitudes to design'; the London millennium bridge and the Baltic millennium footbridge. In the case of the London millennium bridge he paints a picture of a feeble engineer being forced by the architect to make his design work.

On the other hand he alludes to the Tyne footbridge as being an engineering concept developed with a little help from an architect, although I assume that Wilkinson Eyre Architects may wish to take credit for more than the design of the handrails and colour specification.

Among the reasons why some projects are unsuccessful is the failure of designers to communicate within design teams. The attitudes of individuals like Mr Newton, within all construction professions, contribute to these failures.

Stan Doyle, Flat 1-2, 25 Havelock St, Glasgow, G11 5JF.

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