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Merits of Heron Tower outweighed by negatives Martin Pawley says that 'the merits of the Heron Tower are blindingly obvious' (AJ 16/23.8.01). This may be true from a simplistic architectural point of view, but is not so obvious to those concerned about the skyline of London and the quality of life at street level.

There is little doubt that the gradual erosion of the skyline of London, related to St Paul's Cathedral, would be increased by this tower, which is a point to which he does not refer. There is no reference to the wind conditions at street level produced by high buildings, and it is very doubtful whether a new treelined street below the tower will enhance the setting of the adjoining listed church which will be hopelessly overpowered by the scale and unrestrained design of the Heron Tower. A few trees are no sop to the disadvantages of turning streets into canyons between skyscrapers.

Geoffrey Collins, London SE3

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