NLA – the centre for Londonʼs built environment – is set to launch and convene the inaugural meeting of the New London Sounding Board to act as a single, cross-industry voice that will contribute to the debate surrounding major change in the capital.
Inspired by the Urban Leader's Forum set up by San Francisco's Center for Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), the Sounding Board will be made up of some 40 leading members from across the professions involved with urban change, with expertise in delivery across all sectors of the built environment.
The Board will be chaired by Michael Cassidy CBE, Chairman of the Museum of London, a board member of Crossrail and formerly Chairman of Policy & Resources at the City of London Corporation, and will be convened quarterly to comment on issues, provide advice and form a powerful, cross-party voice.
In the period since NLA was established some five and half years ago, it has matured into a vibrant focus for debate and discussion relating to issues of planning, development, architecture and construction in London. Uniquely it brings together all parties concerned with, or impacted by, delivering a better environment in the capital – professionals, public and politicians.
An across-the-industry board will build on this, making a valuable and positive contribution to the debate surrounding the major changes that will be taking place in the capital as a result of government and mayoral policy. As we enter a period of major change in the institutions that control development, the aim is that it will allow the NLA constituency to play its part in ensuring that the Coalition revolution that is taking place in the boroughs and regions will indeed lead to a better city and a better life for its citizens.
Leaders in the fields of architecture, urban design, construction, engineering, planning, law, project management, consultancy and development are all represented and will be called upon to discuss current issues facing development in the capital and give the views of their sector.