The West End: What is the future for London's heartland?

Thursday 13 October 2016


Venue: St James’s Market, London, SW1Y 4SB

How will the pedestrianisation of London’s busiest street really work? What movement strategies and public realm improvements are in the pipeline to accommodate the influx from Crossrail and potentially Crossrail 2? How are London’s Estates updating their offer and thinking long term about placemaking - what new retail, public realm and office stock is being provided? What role are cultural institutions playing in shaping the area?

NLA will take local stakeholders and industry experts on location for a day to explore the future of this critical area - both to London and to the UK. A morning conference with presentations and panel discussions will be followed by a networking lunch and expertly led tours including specific buildings. Derive inspiration from the swathes of new architecture being delivered in this part of the capital, and be a part of the discussion for the future of London’s West End. What is the strategic vision and how do we deliver it?
Topics include: 

- Delivering the collective vision in the long-term
- Retaining and updating the unique offer 
- Improving experience through infrastructure 
- Accommodating business growth through commerical development 
Tour routes: 
Tour A - Soho 
Led by Lydia Clarkson, Public Realm Partnerships and Stakeholder Liaison, Shaftesbury PLC; Graham King, Westminster City Council; John James, Managing Director, Soho Estates
From the swathes of development surrounding the updated station at Tottenham Court Road in the east to the intricate incisions of development happening throughout the the bustle of Soho, this tour will cover key developments such as No 1 Oxford Street and Denmark Street’s new music venue. This tour will end at 68 Dean Street for drinks. 
Tour B - Retail and Mayfair

Led by Katerina Mercury, Regent Street Asset Manager, The Crown Estate; Leigh Dennis, Executive director; Regional Practice Group Leader, UK/Europe, Retail, CallisonRTKL; Kay Buxton, Chief Executive, Marble Arch BID

As a world renowned shopping location, how is St James, Regent Street and Mayfair updating their offer to compete internationally. Looking at public realm, infrastructure and new retail units this tour will end at Marble Arch where we will gain insight into the proposed BID for the area.

Tour C - Northbank

Led by Ruth Duston, Chief Executive, and Katherine Fleming, Operations Director of The Northbank BID

Discover the Northbank's Public Realm Vision with a tour through one of London’s oldest neighbourhoods, from Villiers Street, London’s second busiest street, to Aldwych which is fast becoming a site of academic importance housing King’s College London, LSE and The Courtauld. Tour will also uncover spaces set to be the scene of unique infrastructure projects, such as the Garden Bridge.

Key timings:

09:00 - Morning conference 
13:00 - Networking lunch 
14:00 - Walking tours 
16:00 - Close

You will be asked to make a tour selection when booking your ticket, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all delegates on their first choice tour, but will do our utmost to ensure we can fit everyone on to their preferred tour. If you would rather not make a choice not, delegates will receive an email inviting them to select their first and second preferred tours.

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Councillor Robert Davis MBE DL, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Built Environment, Westminster City Council
James Cooksey, Vice Chairman, Westminster Property Association, and Director of Central London, The Crown Estate
Neil Thompson, Chairman, Westminster Property Association, and Executive Director, Great Portland Estates  
Will Bax, Placemaking Director, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Ruth Duston, Chief Executive, Northbank BID
Cynthia Grant, Director, Limehouse Transport Design
Peter Drummond, Director, BDP, Director, West End Partnership
Kate Goodwin, Head of Architecture and Drue Heinz Curator, The Royal Academy
David Bieda, Chairman, Seven Dials Trust, representing the West End Community Network
Alex Williams, Acting Managing Director of Planning, Transport for London
Joanna Averley, Strategic Manager, Growth and Development, Crossrail 2
Jace Tyrrell, Chief Executive, New West End Company
Christine McHugh, Associate Director - Environment Group, Arup
Tom Harvey, CEO, SohoCreate
Ed Watson, Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing, Westminster City Council
Chris Carter Keall, Vice President and Head of Asset Management, Oxford Properties
Tom French, Senior Leasing, Derwent London
Jonathan Stoddart, Senior Director, CBRE Planning
Lydia Clarkson, Public Realm Partnerships and Stakeholder Liaison, Shaftesbury PLC
Graham King, Head of Strategic Planning and Transportation, Westminster City Council
John James, Managing Director, Soho Estates
Katerina Mercury, Regent Street Asset Manager, The Crown Estate
James Abdool, Partner – Head of Digital Experience, Arcadis 
Mike Fairmaner, Operations Managers, Marble Arch London
Katherine Fleming, Operations Director, The Northbank BID
Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture 

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Ticket Cost £299 +VAT - click here to book

NLA members and partners are entitled to discounted tickets at NLA On Location conferences. If you are a member or partner and are unsure how to make use of your membership in this way or you would like to become a member and discuss membership options, please contact Emily Wilson or call 0207 636 4044.

If you experience any issues whilst making a booking please contact or call 020 7636 4044. 

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