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The British Council opened its arms to all those who have worked on its building projects with a cocktail party at its headquarters last Wednesday.

Architects from Squire and Partners, Allies and Morrison and Gaunt Francis - which designed the council's new offices in Cairo - all braved the torrential rain to take time out for a tipple or two. Ironically, Astragal would have thought water was the last thing on the mind of Dive Architects, which is working on a scheme in Bahrain. However, the project has run into an unexpected hurdle - Green Belt land.

Those NIMBYs get everywhere.

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