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In a similar vein, what links west London-based architect Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands with reggae's greatest ambassador Bob Marley? The answer is Marley's label Island Records. The practice has just bought Island's studios in St Peters Square, Chiswick - a 2,100m 2 complex which includes an elegant Georgian house and 19th-century laundry buildings. The purchase will see the firm's 50 staff move from their current home above the River Café restaurant in Hammersmith, part-run by Richard Rogers' wife Ruth. It is unclear whether the exodus has anything to do with a rent hike by the Richard Rogers Partnership, which owns the riverside building - rumours of which were reported in The Times on 10 September. This alleged increase apparently led to a conflict of interests between Ruth Rogers and her husband's practice, which wants more cash for its pension fund.

Perhaps Astragal is being naughty but as Mr Marley would say: 'Stir it up!'

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