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The architectural great and good were, unsurprisingly, out in force at Isabel Allen's leaving do. Jack Pringle, Sara Fox, Roger Hawkins, Clare Wright, Simon Allford, Paul Monaghan, Max Hutchinson, Keith Williams, Rab and Denise Bennetts and Renato Benedetti were all spotted setting about the wine and nibbles with gusto. But Astragal was keeping an eye out for those practitioners who were looking markedly tense, or who kept nipping out to polish up their CVs. This is because a little bird had told him that no fewer than four 'big-name' architects had thrown their hats in the ring in the search for Isabel's successor.

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