MOORFIELDS' CONSTRAINTS HAVE PROVED TO BE ASSETS
Your editorial (AJ 26.04.07) suggested that the procurement process, surroundings and planning were instrumental in what you and Alan Dunlop consider to be the shortcomings of our design for the new children's eye centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital (AJ 26.04.07).
I wish to make it clear that we were not constrained by the procurement process, only a little by the planners. We found the urban context fascinating, and happily take responsibility for the whole project. The major constraints were the existing oor levels and the very tight site, which led to an unusually high building for such a facility.
A very full dialogue with the clients and a study of just how patients move around the building has turned such constraints into an asset, not least with the help of three artists that the article fails to mention.
Sunand Prasad, Penoyre & Prasad