London: Design Capital

Buildings / Places / Cities

Exhibition: 17 May – 12 July 2017

Today, London’s built environment industries make a vital contribution to the success of ‘brand UK’ and the capital’s profile around the world. London is home to a wealth of globally recognised firms – Arup, Foster + Partners, Grimshaw and Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, among many others – that play a major role in the shaping of cities worldwide. Its built environment expertise has an enviable reputation for quality, ingenuity and creativity, and, ultimately, successful project delivery.

The capital is home not only to world-leading large architecture, engineering, construction and consultancy companies, but also a diverse ecosystem of many other disciplines and specialist expertise respected and sought by international clients, in areas such as heritage, conservation, placemaking, masterplanning and sustainability. A unique multidisciplinary, collaborative sensibility combined with an outward-looking, open attitude to new influences and ways of thinking – distinctive to London as a great world city – underpin London’s renowned status in built environment design around the globe. 

However, London risks losing its crown as the global capital of built environment expertise and we stand with other industry leaders in our concerns regarding the impact of a hard Brexit on the industry’s contribution to the UK economy and culture. 

London: Design Capital draws these concerns to the attention of the Mayor of London and to the UK Government, presenting four recommendations for the future of London’s built environment and their international profile: 

•  Continue to attract and retain access to talent 
•  Recognise and promote London’s built environment expertise to the export market 
•  Make London an attractive and affordable place to live and work in the long term
•  Create and reinforce links with other cities and provide a better voice for the profession

These recommendations are supported by a showcase of international projects which illustrate the global reach of London’s built environment profession, including over 220 projects in 65 countries around the world, with a total value of well over £121 billion.

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London: Design Capital forms a key part of NLA’s expanding International Dialogues programme, a year-round programme of international conferences, visits and debates to share best practice and foster cross-city dialogue.

Support starts at £3,950+VAT

For further details contact Janette Murphy or call 020 7636 4044

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