Sometimes, it feels like every possible sector in London’s built environment has to be the focus of attention, the one thing that everybody should concentrate on. We have an ageing population, so third age housing should get all our efforts. We have a growing population too, so getting as many units started as possible is paramount. But London also has an issue as regards affordable, so perhaps all our energies should go there? Or is it improving transport connections into and around the capital that should be the one thing to unlock all this? And what about jobs?
There are many more elements vying for the attention and money, of course, but this scenario is essentially what mayor Sadiq Khan and those forging the next iteration of the London Plan must sort out. Each competing element must be weighed up and attended to in a blend that will stand as a recipe for London’s continued success – however that looks – in the years and decades to come. In this issue, as a prelude to a Big Debate on the subject happening later this month, we ask our Viewpoint experts to say what they would like to see the plan address.
The issue of workplaces, another vying for attention in that mix, and especially in the wake of permitted development rights, is the subject of a special feature this issue, drawing on the WRK/LDN season at the NLA. Rogers Stirk Harbour reflect on the example they are setting by moving to their own new offices in the Cheesegrater. And Jacob Loftus, who is leading a charge toward a new model of the office, is our New Londoner this time.
The transport equation as it relates to the capital’s future is food and drink to another profile this issue, Michèle Dix pushing forward with plans for Crossrail 2, but also to get a greater diversity into the project and professions.
There is plenty more besides – a building review which looks at the Design Museum’s new home, project previews on London Business School and Coal Drops Yard, a new ‘from the team’ feature, penned each time by NLA staffers, as well as opinions on industrial land, estate regeneration, modern methods of construction and on location reports on the West End and City of London.
All human life is here, indeed. And all will be on the next London Plan’s ingredients list.
Enjoy the issue!
New London Quarterly