NLA on Location - The Square Mile: Londonís CBD

In association with the City of London Corporation and the City Property Association
Sponsored by Berwin Leighton Paisner and M3 Consulting
NLA’s annual 'on Location' event in the City of London will look at how planning policy, development and design is working to maintain the City’s role as London’s central business district.

Senior representatives from the City Corporation, together with developers, architects, agents and other stakeholders will join a series of panel disucssions to examine how planning policy is responding to changes in the market to maintain the City’s position as London’s CBD; the future for the financial and insurance sectors and their changing requirements; emerging sectors such as the TMT market and how the development of new quarters of the City is supporting their needs; and how the development and design profession is developing new high quality and efficient workspaces.

A morning conference at the Guildhall will be followed by a networking lunch and the following afternoon study tours (delegates will choose one):

A) 5 Broadgate &199 Bishopsgate
> Marketing suite presentation and walkabout led by British Land plc, M3C, Make Architects and John Robertson Architects
199 Bishopsgate is a 146,000 sq ft (13,600 sq m) Grade A office building. Flexible, largely uninterrupted floors enjoy good views and natural light, with Level 11 benefitting from exceptional double height space and an accessible south facing terrace running the length of the floor. 5 Broadgate will provide a total net office floor space of approximately 700,000 sq ft (66,890 sq m), and will include four trading floors capable of accommodating approximately 750 traders per floor. The building will allow UBS to bring together its trading operation into one location in the City.

B) The Heron and Guildhall School of Music and Drama

> Marketing suite presentation and site visit led by David Walker Architects and Sir Robert McAlpine
The Heron is the first major residential development in the City of London for over 30 years. The development will incorporate new facilities for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, above which a slender 36-storey tower housing 285 highly specified apartments will rise 112 metres into the City skyline, offering luxury living and spectacular views. A restaurant will be located on the ground floor and residents and their guests will benefit from a private residents' club with gym, screening room, lounge and landscaped roof garden, as well as a concierge service and valet parking. The Heron won Best High-Rise Development at the UK Property Awards 2010.

C) Twenty Fenchurch Street
> Marketing suite presentation by Land Securities and Canary Wharf
In October 2010 Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group agreed to jointly deliver 20 Fenchurch Street. The 160m (525ft) tower has been designed by internationally acclaimed architect, Rafael Viñoly. 20 Fenchurch Street will provide approximately 62,145 sqm (677,067 sq ft) of prime office accommodation, 1,094 sqm (11,777 sq ft) of retail, a Sky Garden at levels 35, 36 & 37, and is due to be completed in April 2014. The Sky Garden will be the highest public space of its size in London, offering visitors a roof terrace, landscaped areas and restaurants with a commanding 360-degree panorama view of London.

D) Area enhancement strategies at Aldgate and Bank
> Walking tour led by City of London Corporation
This walking tour will go through some of the City’s earlier enhancement schemes around Cheapside, to Bank Junction, through the Royal Exchange, Leadenhall Market and visit Sculpture City – Art in EC3, the City’s unique Sculpture Park, and on to Aldgate to see the area of the City’s ambitious transport and public realm project.

E) 200 Aldersgate & Bart’s Square
> Building tour and walkabout led by Helical Bar plc and Sheppard Robson
200 Aldersgate is a multi-let “vertical village” office scheme. The MoreySmith designed refurbishment was completed by Helical Bar plc on behalf of Deutsche Pfandbriefbank in 2010. The building has had good letting progress with 220,000 sq ft now let and another two units under offer. Immediately behind 200 Aldersgate is the Barts Square site, for which Helical Bar (in joint venture with The Baupost Group LLC) secured a resolution to grant planning permission in Q4 2012 for a 2.3-acre residential led scheme. Demolition and construction is due to commence in early 2015.

F) Towers and Alleyways
> Walking tour led by City of London Corporation with support from Woods Bagot
The walk will encompass the historical core of the financial City from the Bank Junction with its grandiose historic buildings to Commerce and Finance to the network of intimate alleys where in the 17th and 18th centuries the coffee houses established the foundations of the modern financial City and eastwards to the architectural exuberance of Leadenhall Market. In addition, the walk will cover the “Eastern Cluster” of completed and consented towers and new developments in this area which represent the evolving and dynamic iconic skyline of the Financial City.

G) West Side Story
> Walking tour led by City of London Corporation with support from EPR Architects and Land Securities
A tour of recent and forthcoming developments in the historic area of the western half of the City, where new schemes need to assimilate themselves into some of the City’s most sensitive historic locations including those around St Paul’s Cathedral, Smithfield Market and The Old Bailey. The walk showcases a diversity of new development, including large-scale projects by Fletcher Priest, KPF, PLP and John McAslan, as well as smaller schemes such as a proposed new Maggie’s Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Demand for effective new buildings within this area has prompted innovative architectural responses to address a range of townscape issues, height limitations, conservation area settings and relationships with listed buildings.

H) Foster/Rogers walking tour
> Walking tour led by Foster + Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
The buildings of Foster + Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners number among some of the most influential in shaping the City of London as we know it today, including iconic structures such as the Gherkin and the Lloyds Building. Grant Brooker of Foster + Partners and Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners will discuss the architectural legacy and future plans of these renowned architectural practices in the City of London.

Mark Boleat, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation

Earle Arney, Global Director of Workplace and European Chairman, Woods Bagot

Peter Bennett, City Surveyor, City of London Corporation

Paul Burgess, Director, Head of London Leasing, British Land plc

Ben Burston, Head of UK Research, DTZ on behalf of the City Property Association

Stephen Brown, Executive Chairman, GVA

Oliver Gardiner, Head of Development Management, Land Securities

Brett Goodyear, Head of Operations, EP&T Global

Tim Hellier, Partner, Head of Planning & Environment, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Martin Jepson, Senior Vice-President, Development & Investment, Brookfield Office Properties

Sandra Jones, Consultant, Ramidus Consulting

Katrina Kostic Samen, Managing Partner, KKS Strategy LLP

Juliette Morgan, Property Specialist, Tech City Investment Organisation

Peter Rees, City Planning Officer, City of London Corporation

James Roberts, Head of Commercial Research, Knight Frank

John Robertson, Director, John Robertson Architects

Bridget Rosewell, Senior Partner, Volterra

Daniel Van Gelder, Co-Founder, Exemplar

Peter Bill, Columnist, Evening Standard & Estates Gazette (Chair)

Speakers names confirmed at time of publication, but may be subject to change.