Question is, can building be upgraded?

The front page article, Tuesday June 7 is misleading. The opening sentence says Northgate House is at the end of its useful life.

However every item in the detailed list of defects are what you would expect as defects in a building 30 years old. The lifts, electrical installations, floors, ceilings, floors and fire alarms would be due for routine replacement.

The roof, windows and heating system were installed well before the current importance of insulation in relation to high fuel costs and sustainability were an issue. Also all the items listed would be necessary in a new building so are not relevant to the debate about replacement of the building.

The main consideration should be is the present building the right size and in the right place; is it capable of being upgraded? I can’t see why it is unsuitable for any of the latter.

Richard Ramsden

Clover Hill Road