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I was sorry to learn of the intentions of developer and architect to demolish a fine nine-year-old building by Sergison Bates Architects in Walsall, West Midlands.

Their public house is a serious piece of work, forming a sensitively modest counterpoint to the nearby New Art Gallery by Caruso St John Architects. It is clear that the two buildings read together as a composition which engages with genuine responses to the nature of what is around them. Will Alsop and Urban Splash could look for a way of engaging with things of quality of substance rather than obliterating them.

Jonathan Woolf, by email

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