Letter: An architect's dream in danger

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Sir: We are concerned about the future of Brunswick Centre. Recent proposals to "update" and "improve" this small and distinctive chunk of Bloomsbury (two unsuccessful and one pending planning application) are short-sighted, timid, superficial and, worst of all, not in the spirit of the original dream. They do not recognise the potential of the place and give no assurance of real improvements to the fabric as a whole.

Twenty-five years on, Brunswick Centre needs a new heart. It has a long- term social, cultural and commercial future both for the local community and for London generally. There is now an opportunity to complete the place (in intent if not in extent), in line with its original architectural and urban aspirations. What is needed is some courage and much imagination. There is no time for tinkering.

We suggest that it is not only right but the best way forward that Patrick Hodgkinson, the original architect, be consulted about future plans and that he be appointed to advise the planning authority, the Royal Fine Art Commission, local Bloomsbury interest groups and the residents' association.

Sir DENYS LASDUN

ALDO VAN EYCK

Professor ROBERT TAVERNOR

(Bath University)

ELDRED EVANS

Professor ANDY MACMILLAN

(Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow)

ANTHONY HUNT

SHERBAN CANTACUZINO

Professor DAVID SHALEV

(Bath University)

Professor ADRIAN GALE

(Plymouth University)

London NW3

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