NCE asks whether engineers should claw back the lead in bridge design. But should there be a wider debate on the role engineers in major construction projects?
The construction industry continues to have a rather poor reputation as a result of problems with large works; Wembley Stadium and the Scottish Parliament building being prime examples.
We should begin to ask whether major projects are becoming schemes where architects appear to be more interested in gaining a reputation for extreme design rather than providing something fit for purpose at a reasonable cost.
Wembley is primarily a football stadium, it can be used for other events - but football is the raison d'être. Spending almost a billion pounds on a football stadium seems madness. Should we not say so with a strong voice?
If we do not I shudder to think what the bill for the 2012 Olympics will be and how many grandiose follies will remain as monuments to wasted millions following the games.
Roy Foot, 32 Sutherland Avenue, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent, BR5 1QZ