The London model, although looking slightly tired, was still an impressive centrepiece for the buzzing London Pavilion at this year’s MIPIM property fair.
However as well as showcasing schemes which have since demised, an eagle-eyed Simon Allford noted that his practice’s (AHMM) Union Square project south of the Thames had been stuck on the wrong way round. According to reports, a man bearing an uncanny resemblance to Allford and his jolly-looking, fez-wearing accomplice were seen repositioning (ie snapping off) the model while the majority of onlookers were distracted.
The change seemed to have gone unnoticed by the crowds gathering to listen to Lord Mayor of the City of London, Michael Bear the following day. At the event Bear delivered the quote of the week: ‘The city is leading the way on the recycling agenda … in fact I’m even recycling my own speeches!’ It is understood the same joke has since been repeated.