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A STIRLING REMARK

ASTRAGAL

No expense was spared at the lavish launch of Ken Powell's book on the building of Swiss Re at the Gherkin's spectacular top-floor space, presided over by Norman Foster himself and über-client Sara Fox. Foster gave a warm and generous speech paying tribute to Powell's scholarship and insight - a stark contrast to the book launches for Powell's last two books on the Richard Rogers Partnership, where Rogers omitted to mention Powell at all. The event was clearly seen as an opportunity to thank everybody who contributed to the client's success. Apart, that is, from Ken Shuttleworth, who was notable by his absence. The best-quoteof-the-night award has to go the particularly ebullient party-goer, who left the event proclaiming 'Bloody good this building. Someone ought to give it an award'. Quite.

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