Great Estates attracts great and good on opening night

Thursday 17 October 2013

Over 500 people crammed into the NLA’s Store Street headquarters last night for the private view of this autumn’s blockbuster exhibition – Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city.

The ‘crème de la crème’ of the industry’s landowners, developers, architects and planners were out in force to hear chairman of the Howard de Walden Estate Peter Barton open the show, which charts the history of the capital’s estates and their influence on the development of new, large-scale areas of the capital. It examines how the sequences of streets, squares, parks, piazzas and gardens created by estates such as Bedford, Cadogan, City of London, Grosvenor and Portman have created an enduring urban framework in a long-term manner now being taken up by newer landowners keen to regenerate large areas of the city, such as Canary Wharf, King’s Cross and East Village.

Peter Murray, chairman of NLA and curator of the exhibition, said: “Estates have much to teach us in the long-term management of the city and in the creation of great places.”

The exhibition is free to enter and runs until 19 December. 

David Taylor, New London Quarterly

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