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The Lumiere Tower vs Maxwell Hutchinson

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Earlier this week, skyscraper developer KW Linfoot plunged into administration – but the founder still managed to fire off a broadside or two

The Leeds-based company’s ill fortune spells yet more trouble for Ian Simpson’s proposed 170m-tall Lumiere Tower. Backed jointly by Linfoot and Frasers Property, the tower is looking increasingly unlikely to be built with only the foundations completed so far.

However, company founder Kevin Linfoot has managed to fire off a few final rounds from his rear gun in a statement released as the property business tail spun downwards. Among those to take Linfoot’s hot lead included the local press (for saying Leeds’ rental market was doomed) and, perhaps surprisingly, Maxwell Hutchinson. The media-friendly face of Archial was branded an ‘ill-informed attention seeker’ who had ‘rubbished’ the development in the city.

Hutchinson has twice cast his critical eye over Leeds in two BBC specials, and on both occasions said attempts at creating city living were bobbins and had created communities ‘without roots in meaningless glass boxes’. Unfortunately Mr Linfoot, Astragal is with Max.

Flak jacket on.

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