NLA's interactive New London Model was officially launched last night with a party hosted by JLL.

Thursday 21 May 2015

Shadow infrastructure minister Lord Adonis branded the 1:2000 scale model a ‘remarkable map of London’s architecture’, commended the NLA team for what he felt was an ‘amazing construct’ that will draw thousands to see the city in a new way.

‘What comes through so strongly is that through each decade London is so substantially remade’, he said. Old Oak Common in particular will be as big a development site over the next decade as Docklands was in the 1980s. The mental map of London is changing almost as quickly as the physical one, he added, creating ‘huge new development opportunities’. ‘It’s hugely exciting’.

NLA chairman Peter Murray said the ‘spectacular’ new model created by Pipers is one of the key initiatives of the NLA’s 10th year. The model - ‘a work of art’, added Murray, covers 85 square kilometres of the capital, 19 boroughs and some 170,000 buildings, with an interactive lighting system and touch screens that allow visitors to call up key facts on London’s architecture and more.

JLL’s Katie Kopec added that her company had been involved in this ‘wonderful, vibrant city of London’ for 250 years and an association with the model launch was a ‘natural fit’. ‘We together (with many partners in the room) believe we have created some great new places in which to live, work and play’, she said.

OS provided the base topographical data for the entire model, ensuring the most current and accurate representation of London for 2015. The model is now on permanent display in the NLA galleries at The Building Centre, and is free to view six days a week.

David Taylor, Editor, New London Quarterly

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