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Court in the act

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Nearly 800 people flocked to the Stirling Prize presentation on Saturday night, in the Great Court of the British Museum (or the Foster's Great Court as it is now known, rather like the Foster's Oval).

Among all the guests, it was very nice to see Jonathan Ball, the original conceiver of the Eden Project, sitting on one of the Nicholas Grimshaw tables. Red wine was banned, however, because spillages would adversely affect the floor. Doubtless after last night's victory in the British Construction Industry Awards major project category, the team will be feeling happier than it was on Saturday. It was a pity that the Channel 4 programme, broadcast on Sunday evening, did not let us in on the judging process, especially since it was all filmed.

(A pity too, that judge Janet StreetPorter seemed to think 'Wilkinson Ire'was the winning architect.

Never mind - an account of the whole judging process will appear in the special awards supplement now being prepared by AJ, which will appear on 29 November. A final thought on this year's award to Magna, whose architects were 'magmanimous' in victory - an excellent project, well worth the detour, as the Michelin Guide might put it: raise a glass to Peter Clash, the original architect of the project. He and Jonathan Ball should form a club.

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