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In this age of encouragement to faster project-delivery, Kim Franklin's article on the pros and cons of nominating specialist subcontractors (AJ 23.02.06) omits to mention a considerable time advantage to the architect's design programme in being able to develop designs with a specialist subcontractor appointed to carry out design work ahead of the main contract.

It may seem insignificant when the specialist is merely being employed to design and install a state-of-the-art slidingglass roof to a chic back extension, but when the specialist work relates to the design and installation of a complex mechanicaland-electrical services installation, tendered on a performance specification, then the architect's design and co-ordination work can be profoundly delayed and disrupted by having to wait for the late design work coming from a domestic subcontractor.

Paul Moore, London SW19

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