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Urban miff

LETTERS

While I am glad that you reported our design for No 30 Finsbury Square, I was irritated by two aspects of the article (NCE 26 July/2 August).

As architects we were chosen to design this building both for our understanding of urban design and as a result of several successful buildings that use loadbearing masonry. From the outset and my first sketches it was our intention that the stone should be used structurally.

Whitby Bird joined us in the challenge to achieve this, and we have enjoyed the teamwork that ensued.

The second point of annoyance is that you chose to illustrate the project with a precast concrete panel that is not of any relevance to the article!

Eric Parry, Eric Parry Architects, 87-89 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QU

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