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I am prompted by the news item 'Holyrood Should Lose Stirling' (AJ 09.03.06) to confess that I adore the Scottish Parliament building. The full story of the delays and overspend are not clear, and I am sure the 'blame' for the situation lies in many camps.

The salient point, however, is that none of this is the building's fault.

By all means judge the architects as you wish, but judge the building on its dynamism, its wonderful handling of materiality and its layers of imagery and delight. When all the squabbling is forgotten, and all the defects are a distant memory, what will remain is one of the finest buildings of the early 21st century.

Tony Hughes, director, Two Hughes Design, Manchester

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