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'Can-do' Cowley will be sorely missed


As well as working on Peckham Library and the Maggie's Centre, Dundee, Cowley Structural Timberworks was the designer and manufacturer of the timber structures for the new Scottish Parliament and, at the other end of the scale, the roof on our Nene community centre and pool in east Northamptonshire.

It was Gordon Cowley who made our project possible by agreeing to run with our original idea and giving confidence to our client that such an unusual roof configuration was achievable and economically viable.

CST's demise can be seen as a sad reflection on the state and workings of the UK construction industry. As a subcontractor, CST was at the lower end of the pecking order. It appears that the industry was not able to accommodate and nurture CST's idiosyncratic ways - more that of craftsmen than a confrontational construction business.

The skill, pride and 'can do' attitude that were the hallmarks of CST are unfortunately rarely encountered in our construction industry. I sincerely hope Gordon and his team will pick up the pieces and will not give up on us.

Cezary M Bednarski, Studio Bednarski, London W10

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