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Lord Rogers has written to deputy prime minister John Prescott, urging him to protect Ralph Erskine's Byker Estate from partial demolition (aj 14.10.99). Describing it as 'the most outstanding social housing estate in Britain', Rogers calls for a study by an external management specialist in housing. He concludes: 'It is my strong belief that it would be a serious mistake both for social and architectural reasons to demolish any part of the estate and I urge you to examine these proposals.'

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