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I am writing to express my disappointment at the finalists shortlisted in the Kielder Observatory Competition (AJ 27.10.05).

What a waste of 19 different countries' resources. Being from Northumberland, I had hoped for something a little more creative.

What is the point of tendering out such a small project?

Believe it or not, the North East has some very talented and creative architects/designers. Why turn to the rest of Europe to produce some average designs, that will almost certainly exceed the £125,000 budget?

Kielder is a fantastic place but the landscape will now be blighted with a piece of hard, aggressive irrelevant architecture.

K Pickering, Northumberland

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