A new year presents a chance to take stock on the previous twelve months and look forward to what might come about over the next. Will the housing market in London overheat? Will the capital’s steeply rising population curve present even trickier problems for London’s creaking infrastructure to cope with? And will we finally get a decision on how to progress on airport capacity, after all these decades? This issue of New London Quarterly delves into a number of these topics.
In our viewpoint feature this time out we seek opinions from key people on what they feel is the best course London can take in terms of its immediate and long-term infrastructure needs. On the airport question and over the prospects for his own, controversial, HS2 concept, there is an interview with Lord Adonis. And on the provision of new housing for the capital there is a New Londoner interview with Kathrin Hersel, the dynamic development director at Almacantar, which is seeking to move up a gear by bookending Oxford Street with high profile schemes at Centre Point and Marble Arch Tower.
Elsewhere, we continue our series on practices which are at the top of their game with a look at HawkinsBrown – fresh from a hectic 12 months in which it won the iCity project, celebrated 25 years in the business and was runner up in the Stirling Prize with its Park Hill scheme. Our regular briefing notes section offers a catch-up on a busy period of NLA events covering On Location looks at Hackney and Old Oak Common as well as in-depth analyses of sectors including TMT offices, placemaking, third age housing and PRS. There’s a look at Bonham’s new HQ in our building review, plus a special feature on the Great Estates and the lessons they can teach modern London. And, as a taster of a year to come that is likely to be dominated by tall buildings stories plus a blockbuster exhibition at NLA, there is a profile of British Land’s Paul Burgess, talking the talk on the Leadenhall Building and beyond. Indeed, things are looking up – and there’s a lot to look forward to in 2014.
David Taylor, Editor