There was cause for celebration this quarter as NLQ was named IBP’s magazine of the year in the non-weekly category, ahead of other prestigious titles. It’s an honour we’re proud of, but it is also important to keep getting better.
So this issue our ambition was to try to tackle some of the concerns around housing in London, complementing the Housing London exhibition at NLA. A special section on the subject features coverage of conferences and breakfast talks, along with think pieces from key consultants. Housing is also the particular penchant and area of expertise of one of our profiles this quarter – Urban Splash’s Tom Bloxham – who is keen to enter the London scene initially via a project in Croydon. And housing will form one of the elements in the revitalisation of Hayes via the now-consented Old Vinyl Factory from enterprising developer Cathedral in a joint venture with Development Securities. Brunel University’s new professor on urban issues and ‘psychogeography’ Will Self ruminates on the impact the scheme and Crossrail might have – as well as his distrust of architects – in another interview. Our building review this time completes the housing thrust with a look at Argent’s Rubicon building at King’s Cross. Meanwhile, our New Londoner this quarter, Patrik Schumacher, talks about ZHA and its quest for further work in London as a key market to win, along with the thorny topic of succession, the ‘X factor’ and extending the ‘brand’. Elsewhere there is the usual mix of briefing notes on issues such as Crossrail, education buildings and public sector land, plus Opportunity London examinations of East London, Farringdon and Smithfield, and Nine Elms. A new regular feature – Engineering the Future – asks engineers to come up with solutions to London issues, and there is also space for opinion pieces on planning and views, a Developing City feature on the City fringe, Learning from Copenhagen and New York, reviews, and predictions for the year ahead.
David Taylor, Editor