NLA reveals changing face of London in inaugural exhibition

Friday 8 July 2005

The Changing Face of London is a major new exhibition about the masterplans and developments which are transforming the face and shape of the capital, running until the 10 September 2005 at New London Architecture (NLA).

The show is the opening exhibition at NLA. It pinpoints the substantial number of developments proposed for the metropolis and examine the implications for the future of the capital. Around £100billion worth of major redevelopment, regeneration and infrastructure projects is planned for London over the next two decades, with some 400,000 new homes and around 8million square metres of office space planned to provide for the expected 700,000 growth in population.

Projects on show range from the new towers in the City of London ‘cluster’, the redevelopment of White City, Paddington, Kings Cross, Elephant and Castle, Battersea Power Station and the creation of Stratford City. The Changing Face of London will give both the public and professionals the opportunity to compare and contrast these major developments, and take part in the debate about future London. 

Open to the public free of charge, six days a week, the exhibition opening heralds the launch of NLA and is the first in the new centre’s series of temporary exhibitions exploring topical London issues. Based within The Building Centre in Store Street, WC1, in a purpose built space redesigned by A-EM Architects, NLA is the capital’s first permanent exhibition space dedicated to all that is new in architecture, planning, development and the built environment in London. It provides a focal point for Londoners and the city’s visitors as an all-encompassing resource of information on architecture in the capital at any point in time.

A series of informal breakfast seminars will take place throughout August to provide an overview of the exhibition, with further presentations by guest speakers from developers and architects whose projects are featured, including Stratford City, Kings Cross Central and the 2012 Olympic masterplan. 

Peter Murray, curator of The Changing Face of London and NLA, commented, “If one looks at all the schemes on the drawing board, the scale of change in London over the next ten years is truly staggering. The majority of projects on show illustrate an encouraging desire to commission quality architecture. The NLA provides a space where the London community can become fully involved in the changes that are inevitably taking place.” 

Alex Tosetti, Operations Director of URS Corporation, sponsor of The Changing Face of London, said, “URS Corporation is delighted to be sponsoring New London Architecture’s The Changing Faces of London. This is one of the most exciting exhibitions yet seen in London, showcasing the very best of urban regeneration projects being achieved in this great city. With sustainability firmly on the agenda, the skyline is changing, public realm is being enhanced and economic stimulation is being accomplished in world class style." 

Notes to editors
New London Architecture is an exhibition space for London, Londoners and its visitors. It will be a place where anyone can find out what is going on in the capital, debate the issues with the architects, developers and politicians who are behind the projects that are transforming the city, and share in specialist knowledge. 

NLA’s two galleries, together with lecture and events spaces and café, is curated by Peter Murray of Wordsearch and managed by Nick McKeogh of Pipers. In the main gallery, a permanent giant model of central London is surrounded by a display of key projects being built across the 33 London boroughs. In the second gallery, a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions explores topical London issues, starting with The Changing Face of London. The exhibitions are supported by an Open House Learning education programme, together with talks, events and website. 

URS is recognized as one of the world’s leading engineering and environmental consultancies, based in more than 300 offices around the globe employing some 27,000 people. We operate throughout Europe from 36 cities. Working with our private and public sector clients our core values enable us to deliver high quality, sustainable solutions for the most challenging projects. Our 150 strong London team is one of the most strategically located to service our global and locally based corporate and property clients. We are award winning environmental consultants in the due diligence market and in central London we have been involved with over 70 urban regeneration projects since the URS brand entered the marketplace in 2000. This includes Environment Impact Assessments for the London 2012 bid and advising on the tallest building proposed in the City of London.

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