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Consider the impact of your building on others

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In a recent issue (AJ 20/27.

12.01), you mention in your editorial the architectural quality of Foster's proposed addition to Selfridges in Oxford Street.What was not mentioned there or in the news item in that issue was that, although it may be in Oxford Street, it is likely to be clearly visible from Portman Square.

A major part of the London cityscape is the series of very fine squares, mainly dating from the 18th century. The impact of any new tower should be considered, especially this new one, which may well be highly visible from Portman Square.

There are the unfortunate precedents of the quality of Bedford Square being damaged by Centre Point, Fitzroy Square by the BT Tower, and Cavendish Square by a particularly ugly building of considerable height on its southern side. It is important that these matters are considered if the ambience of Portman Square is not to be diminished.

Geoffrey Collens, Blackheath Park, London

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