CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE TO CAPITA PERCY THOMAS
I just had to write to congratulate Capita Percy Thomas for subjecting itself to a detailed crit of its Oasis Academy scheme in Enfield (AJ 25.08.05). While it is easy to criticise any scheme for its faults - and admittedly there were some howlers in Capita Percy Thomas' designs - I hope that this does not signal the start of a sensationalist trend to ignore the good points in a project.
I also hope that this doesn't mark an even more Londoncentric trajectory in the AJ. It is strange, isn't it, that on the rare occasion that a Welsh architect is featured, it is when they are being publicly admonished? Architects - and Welsh architects in particular - get so little good press as it is. To criticise just adds to a demoralised climate. What we need is positive comment on our proposals, not knocking copy.
I would hope that when the next scheme comes up for discussion you will take these comments on board and ensure that the architects are not only given a right to reply to any critical commentary but also that you try your level best to only pick out the good points. In that way, we can all learn from best practice, rather than worst.
David Probert (retired), South Wales