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Aging Patrick Hodgkinson was all smiles at the toppingout ceremony of a new phase of development for his Grade II-listed Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury last week.

The elderly Modernist was in attendance with David Levitt, of Levitt Bernstein, one of the architects who worked on the original building. Various bigwigs from developer Allied London were there to see work start on a new Waitrose at the site, part of a revitalisation of the building's main shopping street. It's no surprise that Hodgkinson should feel chuffed.

His 40-year plan to enhance the complex is finally going ahead. And about bloody time, some might say.

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