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Is Walsall bus depot a convincing winner?

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I have followed various public projects over the years in the architectural press and am continually mystified about the selection process that leads to built schemes, and whether this produces projects that serve best the public's needs.

For example, the Walsall bus depot has just been built and I have visited the finished product - I remember well the various competition images from years back, as I kept cuttings. The chosen design resembles more one of the non-winning entries rather than the winning entry. In fact, the only elements that are similar in the built scheme to the winning design are the ones that least work.

Is this usual practice?

Nicky Giffin, London SW15

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