NLA’s second ‘on location’ event took place this week in Westminster, with an impressive line-up of speakers including senior Westminster planning officials, developers, estate managers and architects working in the area.
Robert Davis, Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council, gave the keynote speech, highlighting that Westminster aims ‘to encourage, promote and deliver the most sustainable architecture’, as well as green transport technologies and public realm improvements.
With 55 conservation areas, and tourism acting as an important source of revenue for the area, Rosemarie Macqueen, Strategic Director for the Built Environment, explained that this ambition for new sustainable development also has to be carefully balanced with the protection of existing features, and views to and from the City. Intensification within many existing historic buildings means that much of the character of the City has been maintained despite a significant increase in office, retail and residential uses.
In the afternoon, delegates had the opportunity to tour each of Westminster’s three opportunity areas: Paddington, Victoria and the West End, led by Westminster's senior built environment officers along with developers active across each of the areas. The day finished with a spectacular view over the West End from the 17th floor of the Westminster City Hall, with a drinks reception hosted by the Lord Mayor.