Trio of starchitects have dinner with Gordon Brown at Chequers
Lords Foster and Rogers and Zaha Hadid CBE were all dinner guests of prime minister Gordon Brown during the past year, it has emerged.
The three architects are on a list of visitors to Chequers, the prime minister’s rural retreat, during the year since Brown took office. There is no indication that the three attended the same event, nor whether their visits were limited to dinners, or took in overnight stays at the Buckinghamshire mansion.
Both Foster and Rogers were joined by their respective wives. Sir Terence and Lady Conran were also on the list of attendees, as was construction minister Baroness Vadera. David Adjaye, a guest of Tony Blair’s during his last year in office, has not been entertained by Brown.
The statement released by 10 Downing Street listed various personalities invited to Chequers from the world of politics, industry and media, but is notable for the absence of key figures in the property and construction world.
The list is in stark contrast to former prime minister Tony Blair’s guestlist, which included celebrities such as singer Charlotte Church, and broadcasters Vernon Kay and Chris Evans.