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Last Thursday, computers were left unattended and espresso left unsupped as the great and the good of London architecture poured onto the express train to Liverpool. James Soane, Deborah Saunt and David Mills were among the gaggle of black-clad napkin scribblers, as well as Renato Benedetti, Carolyn Larkin and Matthew Wel l s . What was the occasion?

I hear you cry. Why, twas the opening of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' Unity building. Astragal was treated to hearty amounts of booze, a penthouse tour and a tribute to Paul Monaghan's mam Jeanne.

Also pressing esh - and checking out the opposition - were fellow tall-tower supremo Ian Simpson and developers Roger Zogolovitch and Tom Bloxham. Party organisers take note: mini fish 'n' chip canapés are a good thing. The evening ended with Astragal swapping autographs with an attractively coiffured member of Kenny Dalglish's 1989 FA Cupwinning side. Or he might have been a developer. And that might have been a cheque.

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