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Luder proves a shrewd political gambler

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Such sentiments certainly won’t have been appreciated by most architects, who, according to the AJ’s pre-election poll, were hoping for a Labour victory. 

One exception, however, was twice RIBA president Owen Luder (whose life, intriguingly is going to be the subject of a forthcoming film).

The 86-year-old grandee had whacked a few quid on the Tories to land a small overall majority at healthy odds of 10-1.

Rumour has it that Luder wagered £100 on the outcome, and he admitted his winnings would ‘buy quite a few bottles of bubbly’.

The architect of the now-demolished ‘Get Carter’ car park in Gateshead (pictured), Portsmouth’s flattened Tricorn Centre and the bulldozed Southgate Shopping Centre in Bath is clearly luckier at the bookies than with his buildings.


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