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Smokescreen covers the row over frames


Sir, Steve Elliott, project director at the British Association of Reinforcement, misses the point entirely ('Burning issue for tim ber frame', Letters, August 31).

He states that the timber industry is incorrect in comparing the collapse of the timber-framed Beaufort Park development in London with that of the concrete-framed Windsor Tower in Madrid following catastrophic fires.

The point being made was that all structures, regardless of framing material, are susceptible to fire when they are incomplete.

The concrete-framed Windsor Tower had to be demolished because it was made unsafe by a fire during refurbishment work, while the Beaufort Park development was similarly unfinished.

As for casting doubt on the steadily increasing market share for the multistorey residential sector enjoyed by the timber industry, I suggest he revisit his figures.

Patrick Hurley Crouch End London N8