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There is an alternative to designing office towers, which risk overshadowing the architectural heritage of our cities (‘HOKreveals future of brewery site’, AJ 01.11.07).

In the 1980s, British Telecom’s new head office building in London was constrained to a maximum height limit of 30m from pavement level due to the proximity of St Paul’s Cathedral.

As the AJ said, ‘The net floor area of British Telecom is almost the same as that of the National Westminster Bank tower on a site of similar size’ (AJ 11.05.83).

Marjorie Kay, Manchester

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