Peter Murray

 

The Annual General Meeting of the London Society will be held on 1 July 2019 at 6pm at Squire and Partners’ offices in Ferndale Road, Brixton (under five minutes walk from Brixton station).

All current members may attend, but we would be grateful if you could register here.

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Peter Murray

 

Over the centuries London has welcomed new Londoners from around the world who came here to trade, because they were connected to the Empire or to the Commonwealth; who came as a result of persecution or because they wanted to enjoy the greatest city in the world.

As the nation debates Brexit and the Mayor of London compares Donald Trump to the ‘fascists of the 20th century’ in advance of the American President’s State Visit, it is timely for the Society to hold an event about inclusivity in London today.

One in three Londoners were born outside the UK, while more than 300 languages are currently spoken on our streets. For the moment, London is home to a million EU citizens. From our food and drink to our culture and economy the advantages of London’s amazing diversity are clear – our panel will discuss how this impacts on our built environment.

One of the most diverse areas of London is Brixton – so don’t miss the summer party which will be in one of the most interesting recent building refurbishments in the area. The stunning rooftop of The Department Store, which houses the offices of Squire & Partners architects, accommodates Upstairs, a laid back members’ club serving fine food and drinks. Michael Squire has kindly given the society access to the space for what I am sure will be an unforgettable evening. See you there!

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Come and join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening as we celebrate the chance to meet friends old and new over delicious food, drink, music and conversation at this year’s 2019 Summer Party (tickets are available here). There will also be a chance to see the entrants in the Society’s photo competition.

Thanks to Squire & Partners we are delighted to announce this year’s party will take place on the stunning roof top terrance of Upstairs, The Department Store in Brixton.

The Bon Marche in Brixton was built in 1876 by James Smith, a local businessman from Tooting inspired by the opulence of the original Paris Bon Marche.  The Department Store was created in 1906 as a furniture annex, and was the first steel framed building in the UK. Squire & Partners purchased the dilapidated building in 2015, and entirely reimagined the space allowing the existing fabric and layers of history to inform the new design. Collaborating with craftspeople and furniture makers, the restored building provides an exciting array of spaces for the various design disciplines within the practice.

Holding the party in this wonderful space, we feel, perfectly reflects the Society’s mission of “valuing the past, looking to the future“.

The party will start at 6:45pm following the London Society AGM which will be held Downstairs which all current members are invited to attend and vote at.

Tickets and further information below:

Our thanks to the event sponsors:

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High streets are at the heart of our economic and civic life, common to all, the most public of public spaces. In this seminar, two speakers gave their different views on husbandry of the public realm and how to value it in various contexts:. Brian Whiteley Reports.

 

Emily Gee works for Historic England (HE), the government’s adviser on the historic environment. She has been working with historic high streets, listing special examples of retail, domestic and civic architecture that form their backbone; supporting heritage-led conservation/regeneration work.

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“Up and down the City Road, In and out the Eagle, That’s the way the Money goes. Pop goes the weasel.” Jo East went with Rob Smith on the recent London Society walk along this fascinating (and rapidly changing) stretch of north London.

Rob Smith was soon giving his explanation of the nursery rhyme on our second stop on a walk that took us down from The Angel to Old Street. Rob does this walk as part of Footprints of London on a regular basis so this review will try to avoid too many specifics but instead give a flavour of the two hour walk, adding in some architectural references for the buildings we passed.

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