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The fear of living dangerously


I was appalled to see the roof construction to the small play house featured in the first part of Small Projects 2005 (AJ 20.1.05). This, in my opinion and experience, is an accident waiting to happen.

As an architect and parent, I have seen dreadful injuries where young children have been in contact with the end of corrugated sheet metal. Knowing how young children will, and can, climb, there is no reason to believe they would not be able to find a small ladder or climbing frame nearby.

To have corrugated steel with all edges exposed, to me, is tantamount to providing a very dangerous building feature. In addition, while I can see a light steel-frame support to the corrugated roofing, I feel that this roof would be very vulnerable in a high-wind situation.

I would be interested to know how the architect, Sanei Hopkins Architects, reconciled its design under safety regulations and provided its 'client' with a 'safe' structure.

John Kennedy, Broadwindsor, Dorset

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