19 Dec 2018

2018 Review – message from Peter Murray, Chairman, NLA

When we are uncertain what the future holds, when our leaders let us down, when division and acrimony shape the tone of national debate, intelligence and clear thinking about the issues that concern our everyday lives, the future of business and urban management, become ever more important.

16 Dec 2018

London hotels braced for ‘stormy’ 2019

London’s hotels are in for some ‘stormier’ skies next year and beyond as uncertainties over Brexit and dwindling business travel threaten to affect the market.

14 Dec 2018

NextGen Christmas Party

This Tuesday, the NLA NextGen Christmas party, hosted in collaboration with City Property Association and Westminster Property Association (CWPA), brought together young professionals from across the industry to celebrate the festive session and share their ambitions for the coming year.

12 Dec 2018

Westminster looks to ‘place’ over pedestrianisation

Westminster is concentrating on ‘place’ rather than pedestrianisation.

That’s according to the London borough’s director of Place Shaping and West End Partnership Deirdra Armsby as she talked through the new City Plan and strategy for the Oxford Street District at NLA.

11 Dec 2018

London looks to private sector in infrastructure push

Despite the delays associated with Crossrail, London is getting better at planning and delivering big infrastructure projects that help bring forward development. But it still needs more help from the private sector in raising finance, has to press the case for key regenerative catalysts like the Bakerloo Line Extension, and must work harder at being more ‘joined up’ across the region.

11 Dec 2018

NLA group visits Bushey Cemetery – on two wheels

NLA led a small group of cyclists and architects to visit Waugh Thistleton Architects’ acclaimed Bushey Cemetery yesterday, including a walk and talk-through of the design from Andrew Waugh himself.

5 Dec 2018

Circular economy crucial for London’s ‘good growth’

The circular economy needs popular figures like Rihanna in order to get wider public understanding and take-up, and do what the Blue Planet did for plastics. But it also needs exemplar projects of the sort being built by Merton to demonstrate how leadership and fundamental change can help to meet stipulations in the London Plan, make the capital zero carbon by 2050 and end the concept of ‘single use buildings’ for good.

5 Dec 2018

Who are tall buildings for? NLA Think Tank, 15 November

Tall buildings can make a significant contribution to London’s need for more affordable housing. But issues of maintenance and service charges remain problematic, planning tools need to be redefined, and designers could take the typology forward by concentrating on creating good communal spaces for ‘vertical communities’ and shared facilities, without detracting from the streets below.

4 Dec 2018

Culture has key role to play in future London

In London’s ongoing quest for ‘good growth’, with more housing, commercial, transport and other sectors all competing for increasingly scarce space, will there still be room for culture?