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SUGAR AND SPICE

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ASTRAGAL

Make Architects sweetened up Sir Alan Sugar last week with a radical building confection known as the Wave on the final of The Apprentice. The concept (see www. ajplus. co. uk/ astragal for images) helped eventual winner Simon Ambrose steal the £100,000-ayear job from underneath hotfavourite Kristina Grimes' nose.

Ken Shuttleworth made a star turn on the show, suggesting that perhaps Kristina should abandon her initial concepts as they bore more than a passing resemblance to Neo-Fascist architecture. Before meeting Make, the candidates practised tall building architecture with Play-Doh (as you do). The outcome was a building akin to a one-fingered salute - perhaps a gesture to Sugar's eccentric approach to line management.

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