I think the Telegraph owes us a correction
REGARDING your article "It could be curtains for owner's car park plans on former theatre site" (July 3), the article refers to the first part of the document relating to the owner's structural report, which has been refuted by the city council.
The quote: "And the council report says there could be a 'catastrophic collapse' without a 'speedy conclusion','' is very misleading as the omission of the council's report gives the impression that the building cannot be restored to its former state.
Reference to the Council's report on the current structural state of the building refuting these claims, can be found on page 76 of the 84-page document, as follows:
"On May 17, 2010, the city council's consultant was instructed to carry out an inspection to gauge the listed building's current structural condition."
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A summary of the main conclusions and recommendations were included in the consultant's report of May 22, 2010.
The relevant points are:
"Although decorations and finishes to the interior have weathered, the external elevations of this building remain in a relatively stable state and its structural condition has not deteriorated significantly over the past two years."
The report continues with these recommendations:
It is also necessary to have regular (say, quarterly) inspections carried out to check for significant changes in the building's structural condition.
It is also recommended that a high-level inspection from a mobile elevating work platform should be carried on an annual basis.
Clearly, the sooner the future of this building is decided upon, the better.
Being open to the elements will obviously increase the rate at which the building deteriorates.
The structural engineer working on behalf of the City Council is Terry Girdler, who has been working for English Heritage since 1975.
In the interests of accuracy, fairness and public interest I think the Telegraph owes us all a correction to the previous article.