Letter: New uses for the precincts of St Paul's Cathedral

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Sir: What a relief to hear, at last, the whole of the Paternoster development talked about in terms that truly describe this awful piece of architectural vandalism. 'Theme park', 'pseudo-classical fancy dress' and 'superficially glamorous' aptly describe this latest scheme. This architecturally trite, bolt-on school of design should have no place in such an important development.

Of all the words written and spoken about Paternoster Square, Jonathan Glancey has, for me, most accurately summed up all that is wrong with designing by committee. Does London really need another dull, dry sterile office facade of little architectural merit that does nothing for London and, more importantly, nothing for the people of London?

Yours sincerely,


London, W8

5 August