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ACQUISITIVE NATURE

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Spotted at the top of the Coq D'Argent in the City - one of the most moneyed of London's newer restaurants - were two ends of architecture's wonderful spectrum. At the bar discussing his latest results was Stewart McColl, founder and driving force behind the ever-acquisitive SMC Group, which has just bought Alsop. He was looking rather perky - hardly surprising given the squillions of pounds worth of profits he'd just revealed. On the other side of the restaurant, scoping out the scene, was one Alejandro Zaero Polo, co-founder of Foreign Office Architects and former Rem acolyte. Two more different individuals it would be hard to find. When Stewart realised who the figure at the other side of the eaterie was, his eyes positively lit up. After Alsop;Foreign Office? Stranger things have happened. Eek.

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