I am writing in response to your article on the Bath Spa, “Money down the drain” (11 February, page 26).

In the article you state: “The Millennium Commission’s £7.78m grant stipulated that the council must opt for a traditional JCT contract. Unlike design-and-build, where the contractor assumes the risk, the traditional contract puts much of the risk on the client, and by extension the taxpayer.”

This statement is untrue. The Millennium Commission did not stipulate that such a contract be used.

Mike O’Connor, director of the Millennium Commission