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What a shower!


Like almost everyone else, I have followed the path of this latest disaster in our building industry at Wembley with a distinct feeling of dejà vu.

Much is being made of the perceived shortcomings of the contractors and all the fault is being placed on their shoulders. One item that did catch my attention though was that the showers are too low to accommodate a 2m tall sports person. This would seem to be a design fault, poor supervision by the design team - or both.

Dare I suggest that some information on the role of the designers and the client in this sorry mess should be forthcoming. For example, what about the design programmes (a critical item for any project) with all the design freeze dates. Were they met?

By this, I do not mean the first issue date but the date that the contractor actually had a detail of what he built.

All the facts should be laid bare so that proper judgements can be made based on the whole picture, valid lessons can be learned and blame apportioned fairly.

Only if this is done will we have reason to hope that the whole performance will not be repeated over and over again on the forthcoming Olympic projects.

James R Knight (F), 4 Jacobean Road, Lincoln, LN6 3RB

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