13 Jun 2018

Win Londoners' ‘consent’, Murray tells LREF

Deputy mayor for housing James Murray made a plea for more help from government and the development industry to take communities with them as he opened this year’s LREF last night.

13 Jun 2018

LREF daily review - day one

This year's LREF kicked off this morning with a series of talks and roundtables around the main exhibition. The following is a selection of some of the main takeaways and quotes from some of the sessions.

12 Jun 2018

Get life skills and go for it, Pidgley tells school students

150 school students from across the capital were given a sneak preview of the London Real Estate Forum (LREF) this lunchtime, along with the chance to mix with architects, engineers, developers and others working in the built environment. And they were told by Tony Pidgley CBE, chairman of Berkeley Group that they will ‘make the difference’ if they acquire life skills, put energy into their chosen paths, and be the best they can be.

7 Jun 2018

Architects must become more entrepreneurial, warns Levete

Architects have been wilfully ‘sleepwalking’ into a position where their powers are eroded and project managers have usurped their role, so must instead regain some ground by becoming more entrepreneurial.

6 Jun 2018

Press Release - London’s best building designs revealed in the 2018 New London Awards shortlist

Over 150 projects have been shortlisted as London’s best and most innovative projects for the prestigious New London Architecture (NLA) New London Awards, supported by the Mayor of London. A key criterion for selection, which differentiates these from other awards, is that projects must make a real contribution to the capital's wider social and economic wellbeing.

6 Jun 2018

Future Retail

‘We need to stop looking at retail as just places that sell things.’ The way we use retail is having a visible impact on the city, from the different typology of spaces incorporating flexible working, cafés and shopping in one space, to the increasing numbers of gyms taking up retail spaces on high streets, and so the industry needs to rethink its approach to creating successful environments. Chaired by Gardiner & Theobald’s Katie Metcalf, this lively exchange of ideas focused on how we can create retail spaces that enliven the consumer experience beyond just products, and de-risk physical shops for a sector in flux.

6 Jun 2018

New York and London respond to homelessness

Architects and designers in New York and London are responding to the homelessness crisis by creating shelters which treat their occupants with more dignity, provide more services and help them get back on track by focusing on their strengths rather than their problems. But the issue has become one where structural problems – notably government policies and a lack of affordability in housing – have overtaken behavioral drivers like drug or alcohol dependency as the reason why many find themselves on the streets in the first place.

29 May 2018

Factory-made housing – ensuring quality

Factory-made housing represents a major opportunity to bring about a quality revolution, even if it is not the only answer to the entire housing crisis. But it needs new players, capacity, and collaboration, and must be harnessed in a way that does not give way to systemic errors or bland homogeneity.

29 May 2018

Communities hold the key for smaller housing sites

Londoners are getting more demanding about not just the percentage of affordable homes in proposed developments, but also the types, the viability plan and the general definition of what constitutes ‘affordable’ anyway. But the industry needs to get better at showing what growth looks like to get communities on side, and not be too concerned with the ‘numbers game’ if it is detrimental to quality.

23 May 2018

Crossrail 2 threat from London elections

Crossrail 2 could become an unlikely casualty of London’s local elections, the New London Sounding Board claimed this week in a session which also included updates on the NPPF and the Grenfell Tower inquiry.