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The next episode for beleaguered Pimlico

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As with all the AJ's coverage of the protracted Pimlico saga, the latest report (AJ 5.10.00) is commendable for its accuracy.

Those readers who, like their nineteenth-century counterparts, found it difficult to live through the week until the next episode appeared in The Strand Magazine will perhaps welcome a few comments from the culprit author of the offending building.

Westminster City Council in its ivory City Hall tower may be unaware that, with renowned consultants, I prepared a costed carefully researched feasibility study made public in May 1998 (AJ 28.5.98). The governors, now fortunately without the home secretary at the helm, were subsequently given teach-ins on two occasions (Straw was absent - 'too busy').

Maybe the commissioning of another refurbishment study is based on the thesis that, as with the number of reports previously prepared on the building at Westminster City Council's behest, an answer will come up more to the liking of those with ulterior motives.

This, it seems, includes not only Westminster, the local education authority, but also the present government which obstinately backs it without defensible reason.

Westminster could well emulate the Brunswick Centre's owner who, in turning to the building's original designer to handle the modernisation and refurbishment, shows intelligence and perception in a very similar case to that of beleaguered Pimlico.

John Bancroft, Haywards Heath

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