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Poplar bridge an anomaly of recession

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It was good to see an interesting night shot of the Poplar DLR station forming part of the broad review of Docklands architecture (AJ 12.2.98).

The Williamson/Pevsner quote refers to a 'cave-like concrete substructure'. True, but then access to the station was originally planned from the high-level concourse from the new Poplar bridge. The bridge was to have formed the major infrastructure link between large new developments to the north and south; it was the impact of recession in the early 1990s that led to a late change of brief, access to the viaduct being necessarily reorganised from below. Thus there is a bridge that, for the moment, stands alone while access to the station is now largely from previously unforeseen directions.

Such are the curious anomalies caused by economic recessions.

PETER AHRENDS Ahrends Burton and Koralek London NW1

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