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Family affair

Back to St James's Square: I hear that former RFAC commissioner Sir Stuart Lipton, now CABE chairman, is moving his Stanhope organisation into Norfolk House. This is, of course, the office building developed by property man Rudolph Palumbo in the 1930s, when he demolished the wonderful mansion which previously occupied the site, designed in 1748 by Mathew Brettingham and occupied by successive Dukes of Norfolk until 1938.

Architects of the current building were Grunton & Grunton. Palumbo pere earned eternal damnation from the conservation lobby, which rubbed off onto his son Peter (now Lord Palumbo). No doubt Sir Stuart will feel at home: the building was the headquarters for General Eisenhower's 1st Allied Army, and was where Operation Overlord, the 1944 invasion of Europe, was planned. Nothing compared to Broadgate, of course. . .

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