I would like to set the record straight on the article about Richard Rogers and City Park Gate (24 March, page 15).
Richard Rogers produced a great masterplan for City Park Gate more than two years ago. Over time, the area surrounding our site has changed and as a result we have had to instruct a review of our proposals to ensure that development suitably responds to its evolving surroundings.
Unfortunately Richard Rogers Partnership was unable to commit resources to undertake the review in the time available and as a result it was jointly decided that it would be better if it withdrew from the project.
We believe that we have replaced one great architect with another in appointing Make. We are very excited by Ken Shuttleworth's ideas and believe that we will come up with a great development fit for a great city.
John Grealis, regional director for major projects, Countryside Properties (Northern)