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Helping hands

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On to the RIBA, where Paul Hyett held a small presidential reception for friends and helpers over the first year of his presidency. A good turn-out, despite the Tube strike. I chatted to Richard Burton about his new briefing document for clients in the health service, Piers Gough about the trials and tribulations of Docklands planning, and Paul Williams about competitions. Clare Wright was cheerful, not least because of the excellent reception held by the Architecture Club recently in the Wright & Wright women's library building - an essay in firstclass brickwork. I also spoke to Ian Davidson, who is thoroughly fed up about the ignoring of the designers of the now-completed Hungerford pedestrian bridge. A big sign at both ends announces the involvement of Norwest Holst, and various funding bodies.There is nothing about Lifschutz Davidson, the competitionwinning architect, or its engineer WSP. As to the detailing (the job went design and build), let's just say it is what you have come to fear from that form of procurement.

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