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Cloud over concept of Exeter Met Office HQ. . .

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It is curious to see the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment troubling whether Alsop Architect's scheme for the new Met Office in Exeter is superior to that proposed by Broadway Malyan (AJ 19.4.01). Both schemes show a 1980s-style out-of-town cardependent campus office.

The new Met Office should address a street on which public transport is readily available, and either be mixed use or be joined in to a piece of town that is.Why does the Met Office get a pass through current planning and urban design policy and best practice, and why does CABE connive at such unsustainable forms of development?

As presently conceived, we won't be able to get to it, or see it except glimpsed from afar - so it doesn't matter to the public at large what it looks like.

David Lock, managing director, David Lock Associates, Milton Keynes

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