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Canary Wharf firm in rude health

LETTERS

Sir, The picture you portrayed of the alleged decline of Canary Wharf Contractors ('City dream fails to come true', News, July 20) flies in the face of the recruitment advert we carried some weeks ago, to which we had an enormous response.

While employment has obviously fallen at Canary Wharf, this has been as part of a carefully managed redundancy programme, which reduced manning levels from those required to construct a peak of approximately 5 million sq ft, to a core team for more usual construction activity.

It also ref lected the general trend in the economy that has seen a reduction in demand for new office space in London.

CWCL aims to work outside Canary Wharf.

Contracts for project management services for Parkview International at Battersea Power Station and construction management for Ballymore at the Pan Peninsula development in Docklands, which complemented major fit-out work continuing at Canary Wharf, both started last year.

I am pleased to advise that reports of our demise are merely wishful thinking on the part of our competitors.

John Garwood Group company secretary CWCL London E14