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Listing is fitting tribute to Fleetwood architect


I was surprised and delighted to learn that the Fleetwood Radar Training Station had been listed.

My interest in this tiny, oval gem of a building, sitting on the beach on its pilotis, is that I knew and worked with its architect at Preston Borough Architects when I was a student, still pimply from school.

The architect was John Hatton, now deceased I believe, who designed the building when he was with Lancashire County Architects, also at Preston.

He was, invariably in the Miesian style, a fine designer and perspectivist who always engendered the feeling, 'why can't I draw like that?'

The listing of this building is a much deserved, though belated, testimony to his talent and in these days of 'star architects', it is only right that credit should go where it is due.

Joe Hayward, Stanmore, Middlesex

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