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Let's not skate over the question of money

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Martin Pawley says that the now apparently doomed ice rink in Oxford was built for a client who did not have enough money to build one (AJ 14.2.02). Clever design is referred to as the saving device. When the ice rink was built, I was working at Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners as a kind of project architect on another ice rink in Gillingham, Kent.

This ice rink, admittedly not a 'cleverly masted' structure but a glorified red clad portal frame shed, cost some £900K to build and kit out. It has been making money ever since, and still is, without a major face-lift. The Oxford Ice Rink, if I recall, cost some £3.4 million. An economic structure? Let's get real.

Cezary M Bednarski, Studio Bednarski, London W10

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