Peter Murray

 

What does Valuing the past, looking to the future mean to you, and can you capture this in a photograph or illustration?

In the inaugural London Society photo competition we’re looking for images of London, photographic or otherwise that encapsulate our new motto, or either of its constituent parts. And we’ll be announcing the winners at our annual summer party on 1 July.

Prizes include double tickets to this year’s Summer Party, at Upstairs at the Department Store in Brixton; an A3 mounted print of your entry; membership of the London Society, and your picture will be published in the next issue of the Society’s Journal.

Images can be of buildings, people, places, events… think as broadly as you wish. The competition is open to members and non-members, and you can enter as many images as you’d like.

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Peter Murray

 

London Society members were fortunate to be given a ‘hard hat’ tour of the redevelopment work at the Broadgate complex in the City. Roger Cline reports on the visit.

It was an early start for an intrepid band of Society members who assembled at 3 Broadgate Square, the marketing suite for the Broadgate re-development. The original buildings were erected in 1981-1999 on the site of Broad Street Station and in the air space over part of Liverpool Street station and were all office block fortresses with security permit entry only. Business practice has changed in the meantime and the blocks are being refurbished to replace the large trading floors by flexible office space close to windows with an emphasis on wellbeing of employees and ‘smart’ operation whereby their mobile telephones will pick up instructions as they enter as to which desk they will use for the day and providing temperature and illumination suitable for the work they will be doing. The wellbeing of employees and public alike will be catered for with extensive retail premises on ground and sometimes several other floors, as well as leisure centres and catering. The security gates will only be located inwards of the office reception area, so the public can enjoy facilities such as meeting areas, coffee shops and wi-fi outside the gates. The whole area is private land with high but unobtrusive security (60-80 security personnel on duty at any time, day and night) so any misuse of the facilities can be dealt with (and may cause them to be restricted). The area is kept clean with the ground floor paving being regularly washed.

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The second URBAN TREE FESTIVAL in London will take place this weekend 18-19 May 2019. You will find full details of the planned events, plus links to book, here.

The festival would not have been possible without the generosity of a core team of volunteers with support from Trees for Cities, the only UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities.

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The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the London Society will be held on Monday 1 July from 6:00-6:30pm at the offices of Squire and Partners, The Department Store, Ferndale Road, London SW9 8FR.

All current members* of the Society are entitled to attend and to vote. Please register here if you plan to be at the AGM.

Minutes of the 2018 AGM can be downloaded here.

The agenda for the meeting and the 2018 draft accounts will be available to all members in advance of the meeting.

Motions for the AGM should be sent to the Hon. Sec. (c/o director@londonsociety.org.uk) to be received before 10 June 2019.

Persons wishing to stand for the Committee should let the Hon. Sec. know before 10 June 2019 along with the names of their proposers and seconders (both of whom must be current members of the Society).

After the AGM, why not join us for food, drink and music at the Society’s summer party, held in the upstairs bar above Squire and Partners. Tickets will go on sale this week – but book early, because tickets are strictly limited.

*From the constitution: No Member shall have power to vote at any meeting of the Society if his or her subscription is in arrears at the time. … A Corporate Member may appoint a representative to vote on its behalf at all meetings but before such representative exercises his or her right to vote the Corporate Member shall give particulars in writing to the Honorary Secretary of such representative.

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What will future high streets offer if it’s not shops? Hosted by Kohn Pedersen Fox, the Society’s ongoing examination of the state of the high street curated by Jane Clossick, Senior Lecturer in Urban Design at London Metropolitan University, continued with ‘Beyond Retail – what else can high streets do?’. Report by Sarah Jarvis of Placeworks.

Our three speakers, Dr Gayle Rogers, Melissa Meyer and Simon Quin, took us on a lightning and enlightening tour of high streets around the country. For a largely London-based audience this brought an insight into what is happening further afield, as well as a fresh look at neighbourhoods nearer to home. It reminded us that while there are commonalities shared by many communities, the importance of place should never be underestimated.

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