I value your repor ting of the recent Commission for the Built Environment (CABE) assessment of the city centre scheme in Norwich by BDP and Eric Kuhne but am disappointed at the misrepresentation and the generally negative nature of the news ar ticle printed (AJ 22.6.00).
I am writing to clarify the CABE report as follows: Your article read that CABE had 'called for new architects to be drafted in on a £95 million city centre scheme in Norwich', which infers that the architects for the total scheme be changed. This is a misrepresentation of the CABE recommendations. Firstly, CABE's overriding comment was, 'we found much to commend in the scheme'.
CABE does refer to parts of the scheme benefiting from the hands of other designers and suggested a small group of buildings around the churchyard to be considered. I would also confirm that our client, Lend Lease, is happy to consider ways of involving others in the design of some of the small group of buildings around the churchyard.
Your ar ticle also repor ted 'that the quality of architecture on the housing and retail scheme is insufficient for it to be granted detailed planning permission' whereas CABE, subject to some more detailed design being required, has welcomed the housing design and has suggested fur ther design development to the retail gateways before permission is granted.
Finally, I would like to point out that Lend Lease, BDP and Eric Kuhne Associates are committed to continue to develop the detailed design proposal in order to achieve a detailed planning permission. It is disturbing that your news feature did not reflect the balanced nature of the CABE report which had support for many aspects of the scheme as well as the suggested improvements mentioned above.
Peter Coleman, director, Building Design Partnership