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Undue worry takes the fun out of playhouse


I felt compelled to write after reading a letter by John Kennedy (AJ 27.1.05) about the 'dangerous building feature' included in a children's playhouse as part of Small Projects 2005.

Kennedy appears to have got himself in bit of a state about the safety aspects of an exposed corrugated sheet roof on a child's den. As a qualified doctor and architect, I feel obliged to point out that these children would be exposed to a significantly greater risk if their parents smoked, drove while using a mobile phone or installed a pond in the garden.

Sanei Hopkins Architects has clearly had a lot of fun providing an interesting play environment.

What they don't deserve is some petty carping from an architect who has lost his sense of perspective. The only 'high wind situation' seems to come from a rather joyless John in Dorset.

Paul Kelland, London N16

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