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Finger lickin' good

Last Thursday, in practices all over Clerkenwell, computers were left unattended and espresso left unsupped as the great and the good of London architecture poured onto the 14.17 from Euston. James Soane, Deborah Saunt and David Mills were among the gaggle of black-clad napkin scribblers, as well as Renato Benedetti, Carolyn Larkin and Matthew Wells. What was the occasion I hear you cry? Why, twas the opening of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ Unity building! Astragal was treated to hearty amounts of booze, a tour round the penthouses and a moving tribute to Paul Monaghan’s mam Jeanne. Also pressing the flesh – and checking out the opposition – was fellow tall-tower supremo Ian Simpson and rival developers Roger Zogolovitch and Tom Bloxham. Thumbs up to the AHMM boys, who know how to throw a party. Party organisers take note: mini fish ‘n’ chip canapés are a very good thing. The evening ended with Astragal swapping autographs in a hotal bar with an attractively coiffed member of Kenny Dalglish’s 1989 FA Cup-winning side…. Or he might have been a property developer. And that might have been a cheque. Ah well, nothing ventured….

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