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Agree on the overlooked modern buildings. One example is Mount Carmel school – a fine 30s building on the corner of Kings Inns St and Bolton Street which replaced all the original steel windows with boxy poxy PVC in the last couple of years.

Obviously the issue here is cost although surely the public authorities subsidising/funding the school should have some conservation responsibilities or at least a policy. Had the building been a protected structure (I assume it isn’t) then a conservation grant could have been obtained at the time the work was done.

On the issu of aesthetics and the environment, insensitive use of quite chunky timber window systems – a couple of Scandinavian examples spring to mind – are excellent from an environmetal point of view but can be visually as much a problem as PVC.

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