Like many architects I am an advocate of new buildings and less keen on retaining severely dilapidated structures. But I am also concerned with sustainable development and feel that Brynmawr (AJ 12.4.01) must surely have been reworkable.
The building would have made a fine visitor attraction in its own right. I can only cite your own magazine, which some years ago showed the exemplary German attitude to such buildings: Peter Latz's Duisburg Nord landscape park at an old steelworks (AJ 9.11.01) is a shining example of industrial heritage which has been convincingly preserved with a new use. Sad to say, but the Germans clearly have more imagination than us here in the UK.
Brian Green, London E15