A long-term approach to most things, let alone property development, is both laudable and sensible. But in the regeneration of the built environment – the creation of working, attractive parts of the city – it is crucial. Which is why in this issue of New London Quarterly we tee up the forthcoming blockbuster exhibition at the NLA on one of the foremost exponents of this principle – the Great Estates – with a viewpoint piece asking what we can learn from the best in the business.
Part of this equation – one of the ingredients in this recipe for good practice in regeneration matters – is housing for all. And housing association L&Q has spent exactly 50 years now providing high quality affordable homes – with some 70,000 across London and the South East. We profile its chief executive David Montague, who is hoping for a ‘Cathy Come Home’ moment to catalyse a more concerted, integrated Government approach to tackle London’s housing problem, away from the glare of all those units being provided for inward investors.
Housing provision is just one of the tasks in the in-tray of Westminster’s strategic director Rosemarie MacQueen – accommodating both the affordable and high end of the equation. But one of the biggest concerns for her – alongside parking, pollution and the government’s poor understanding of planning – is the threat from housing and other towers proposed across the water on the South Bank. We profile MacQueen in this issue too. Sadie Morgan of dRMM, the new president of the Architectural Association, is the third in our interview pieces this issue, figuring as the New Londoner, working on high profile projects across the capital and aiming to capitalise on the AA’s name abroad.
Elsewhere in the magazine we take a look at ‘emerging’ New London Award-winner Duggan Morris; at glass, in our series on material considerations in London development; and at the building tributes paid by two practices – Buckley Gray Yeoman and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands – to their deceased but fondly remembered partners. There is the usual coverage of NLA events including On Location pieces on King’s Cross and Euston, Greenwich and Lewisham, alongside updates on subjects as diverse as hotels, retail, and cycling, plus a building review of KPF’s 60 Holborn Viaduct.
We hope you’re with us for the long term.
Enjoy the issue.
David Taylor, Editor