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Recognising talent


The Channel 4 documentary on the Bankside Modern project should not be regarded 'as a lost opportunity to demonstrate our abilities and talents to the public' (NCE 4 May).

I am sure more positive aspects of the project could have been shown, but the point it proved was that the job was, overall, a great success and all of the problems encountered were overcome. Isn't this usually the case, after all, we pride ourselves on being a problem-solving profession!

The following from the Radio Times suggests that the public have a much higher regard for engineers than we do ourselves!

'Back to the building itself: this detailed record of a mighty engineering project reminds us how brilliant and talented engineers are - the unsung heroes of the modern world. Here they were forced to deal with an unusually large number of late changes to the design of the building and a particularly stubborn problem over the addition (or exclusion) of skirting boards, all of which caused deadlines to be missed and costs to rise.'

Daniel Richards 3 Norbury Close, Marks Tey, Colchester CO6 1XN

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