We have heard little of a recent extraordinary event: a free lunch given by the Treasury - to the construction industry! This unprecedented happening saw 15 top architects and 15 top contractors chewing the cud at Great George Street, with the Treasury's Steve Robson acting as host. From the various sources who have rung Astragal with accounts of what was said, the following emerges: Will Alsop was as plain-speaking as ever (the Stirling Prize speech was a warmup); Sir Stuart Lipton was treated with respect since he is not only a client but also the Treasury's new landlord following the recent PFI contract; and it became apparent that the architects and contractors were far from being soulmates. In fact, it was true to say that the two groups simply did not know each other professionally or socially.
Another lunch might help.