Glenn Howells' reported worries over Birmingham New Street Station's proposed redevelopment being 'almost impossible' (AJ 9.1.03) might be alleviated or deepened if he studied the recent (practically) complete rebuilding of Leeds Station involving demolition of the old 'cow-shed', months of megastructures of scaffolding (inspired by William Gibson's short story Johnny Mnemonic? ), a new roof over 16-plus platforms and a 50 per cent increase in tracks at the west end.
However, my frequent attention to Railtrack's glossy information papers and the model display in the concourse over three years failed to find the name of the architect or any mention that one had been involved. The new station is a fantastic achievement, despite showing a few nasty cladding crashes typical of PPP/PFI procurement. Therefore, please publish the name of the job architect, job engineer etc, so that some users of Leeds Station can toast their health.
Edward Walker, Edward Walker Architects, Leeds