The refurbishment of the Axis Design, Ecoterrace (7 November, page 54 and again, below left) is to be admired – but what have they done to the garden?

A mass of hard surfaces as shown in the photograph is hardly environment-friendly! Adding to the urban heat island effect as well as allowing direct rainwater runoff into the drains are just two of the many reasons why one should not convert such a green space. If the judges give this project an award it will surely send out the wrong signals to others wishing to follow their example.

John Medlock, managing director, Axter