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After 150 years of industrial use, the area to the north of King’s Cross and St Pancras stations is being transformed into a vibrant new city quarter. Tom Goodall from the development team at Argent guided London Society members around the public areas of the development, explaining the industrial heritage of the area and how the development will unfold over the coming years.

Go here for details of forthcoming London Society events, and here for details of how to join and get members’ rates for all of our tours, talks and debates

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by Marcus Binney. Available from SAVE Britain’s Heritage

Review by Janice Morphet

SAVE has played – and continues to play – a major role in changing the way the nation (and the rest of the world) thinks about places. It has not only saved many individual buildings from destruction, showing how they can be brought back into life, but has also changed the way we think about the role of historic places, and what they mean for the present. Just as the Government is investigating the value of culture to the economy, SAVE has always worked with financial analyses, demonstrating economic benefits to all sectors. Marcus Binney, the founder of SAVE and author of Big Saves, illustrates the organisation’s specific work over the past forty years. Saving and reusing the nation’s heritage has not been reliant on the state, as in other European countries, but part of the fabric of development, with planners, local politicians and the private sector frequently following local voluntary society and community effort. This story started in London.

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London Society members can read each issue of Planning in London magazine for free. The July issue can be read online below, or you can download the pdf here.

Planning in London is the journal of the London Planning & Development Forum.

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On Tuesday 18th October, Sherin Aminossehe, Chief Operating Officer, Head of Government Property Profession, Government Property Unit has kindly agreed to talk on the subject of: ‘It’s all about numbers: The Government Estate Strategy’, followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Simon Allan, Real Estate Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner
  • Adam Dakin, Joint Managing director, Telereal Trillium, and
  • Geoff Robson, Director Asset Strategy & Portfolio, Ministry of Defence

Registration and refreshments from 8.00 am; the talk will begin at 8.30 am.

This breakfast talk and discussion is organised by the Architecture, Planning, Engineering and Construction Forum of the Cambridge University Land Society and is kindly being hosted by Berwin Leighton Paisner in their offices at Adelaide House, London Bridge, EC4R 9HA.

You can find further details and book tickets here (use the ‘London Society Price‘ link for buying tickets)

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west endThis conference and walking tour organised by NLA (New London Architecture) will look at the challenges and opportunities facing London’s West End.

The West End accounts for 3% of the UK’s overall economic output and has a projected growth of up to 10 million people in the next fifteen years. This additional economic activity will put unprecedented pressure on infrastructure, the public realm and the commercial offer that makes this piece of city so unique. What is the strategic vision for ensuring The West End continues to compete on a global stage?

Ahead of Crossrail and the much debated pedestrianisation of Oxford Street, Council Leader Philippa Roe will be joined by The Crown Estate, Transport for London, Grosvenor and other stakeholders to discuss the future of The West End.

The event takes place on 13 October and you can find full details and booking information here.

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2016 marks the 150th anniversary for the English Heritage Blue Plaque scheme which famously helps to connect the greats from the past with the buildings of the present. To celebrate this long-running scheme, the London Society begins a campaign launch to increase the number of Blue Plaques secured, particularly for those from the folk and jazz genre. To mark the launch, the society will promote two fantastic gala concerts to highlight the contribution that such musicians continue to make to the cultural life of London.

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London Society members listened to a sell-out talk by Nick Catford, world-renowned cameraman and one of the most accomplished subterranean photographers working today. Nick specialises in sites of cold-war, military, transport and industrial archaeological interest.

Nick’s book Secret Underground London is a comprehensive photographic record of a hidden world which lies beneath the capital but which is not generally seen by the public, from the disused tube stations and closed sections of the London underground railway system, to the secret central government and military bunkers. There are air raid shelters, large and small, public and private; mines and underground quarries, and tunnels of all sorts: pipe tunnels, horse tunnels, tram tunnels, service tunnels, and the tunnel under the Thames Barrier. Last but not least, the capital’s creepy Victorian cemetery catacombs. Hugh Martin reports:

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by Ben Derbyshire

In its second White Paper, The London Society urges a Royal Commission be set up to explore options to devolve more powers to the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority to tackle the housing crisis, including forging greater co-operation across London and its neighbouring counties.

You can read the report on screen below, or to download the full PDF use the button below:
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A limited number of printed copies are available for £10 each (post free). Please click here to purchase (please allow 21 days for delivery)

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Arguing that the green belt’s “preservation myth” needs to be dispelled, this London Society report by Jonathan Manns suggests it’s time to re-evaluate the ‘politically toxic’ subject and that brave politicians should accept that new development will be required on some of London’s ‘Green Girdle’.

You can read the report on screen below, or to download the full PDF use the button below:
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London Society members are invited to the next meeting of the London Planning and Development Forum to be held at UCL in room LG01, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place WC1H 0NN on Wednesday 14 September from 1430 to 1730.

Among the topics for discussion are: Londoners’ own plan for London with the Just Space network of community organisations. The discussion will be introduced by Michael Edwards of UCL, with Richard Lee, Co-ordinator of Just Space and Duncan Bowie of the University of Westminster; and Productive Planning introduced by Marc Vlessing, CEO of Pocket Living.

If you would like to attend please contact the Secretary, Drummond Robson robplan@btconnect.com, 0778 732 6019.

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