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Why won't television recognise the efforts of engineers?

Kevin McCloud's 'Big Town Plan' on Channel 4 about the new footbridge in Castleford did little promotion for the engineer (unless I missed some while on a bathroom visit).

While the engineer Mark Whitby failed to inspire the project champions (members of the local community) with his entry he did momentarily win the approval of the purse string holders.

The programme then dedicated its time to the architect's idea with no mention of those engineers involved in the realisation of this design. I can understand now why companies put banners on their work, as Rowecord and Costain were only visible by this means as the bridge deck segments were lifted into position.

How can engineers ever demand, and rightfully so, those fees associated with the other professionals, if the public is unaware of the crucial role we have in their spending?

ANDREW WOOD, engineer, WSP Civils, Three White Rose Office Park, Millshaw Park Lane, Leeds, LS11 0DL, UK

PS I am not the Andrew Wood of Keighley. I rather enjoyed the military article about Camp Bastion

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