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The government's new architecture champion, developer Stuart Lipton, has just re-purchased Chiswick business park, a scheme he initiated but sold after hitting a spot of bother in the last recession. Times have moved on, so the original masterplan by Terry Farrell has been scrapped in favour of one by the government's top architecture influence, Lord Rogers. Obviously all in the cause of promoting good architecture, but I doubt whether the Chiswick locals, who vehemently opposed the development last time round (it is on the old bus-depot site) will see it that way. Stuart and Richard (fellow Architecture Foundation trustees) go a long way back, of course, to the days when they tried (unsuccessfully) to develop Coin Street - on the south bank of the Thames - with speculative offices, aided and abetted by their planning barrister Derry Irvine. It was the sort of scheme Labour used to hate - now the guys responsible are in charge of the asylum! Funny old world.

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