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Pot, kettle, Beetham tower?

Astragal remembers a few months back how a top eco-expert from the good, green German city of Freiburg stood aghast at the sight of Ian Simpson’s 47-storey heavily-glazed Beetham Tower. The traumatised Teuton muttered to himself something like ‘Himmel, there must be a bloody big plug somewhere to power that’. However Mr Simpson has always said the scheme – and indeed skyscrapers in general – are a very ‘sustainable way of regenerating our cities.’ Presumably the rumours are not true then that he is now installing air-conditioning, the environmentalists’ arch-enemy, into his own penthouse flat at the top of the tower.

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