NLA On Location – Westminster: creating places for people

Tuesday 19 November 2019


Regent Street Cinema, 307 Regent St, London W1B 2HW

Book tickets - £329+VAT (Members discounted) Go!

One Heddon Street, The Crown Estate © Philip Vile

Quadrant Arcade, Crown Estate © Philip Vile

Bond Street © Publica

In the face of environmental, social and economic challenges, how is Westminster evolving? How will Westminster’s City Plan shape the borough? In an increasingly competitive environment, how is Westminster evolving to nurture growth and support a thriving economy while maintaining its position as a world-class destination?

How is the borough building communities and creating greener and healthier spaces that inspire and enhance quality of life? How can local neighbourhoods such as Soho and the West End retain their distinct character? What is the role of the local authority in curating a place? Can lessons be learned from the Great Estates in responding to the needs of local resident and business communities?

This afternoon session will bring together local stakeholders including council representatives, developers, investors, architects and occupiers to look at the future of this area. Lunch and presentations will take place at Regent Street Cinema. Study tours will then explore the key development sites in the local area and the day will end with networking drinks.

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Deirdra Armsby, Director of Place Shaping and Town Planning, City of Westminster
James Cooksey, Director of Central London, The Crown Estate 
Jace Tyrrell, Chief Executive, New West End Company
Paul O’Grady, Location Director, South Belgravia, Grosvenor
Natalie Thomson, Senior Associate, BuckleyGrayYeoman
Ruth Duston, Chief Executive, Victoria BID
Sophie Thompson, Director, LDA Design
Ros Morgan, CEO, HOLBA
Alex Jan, Director and Chief Economist, Arup
Peter Murray, Curator-in-Chief, New London Architecture (Chair)

Further speakers to be announced soon...

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Tour A: Regent Street, Soho and Oxford Street
This route will explore new co-working spaces that have opened in response to the current trends in workspace demands, retail and public realm developments. The tour will visit Soho Place, One Heddon Street, Quadrant Arcade and the redevelopment of Walker’s Court. This tour will be led by Brendon Harper of Westminster City Council and The Crown Estate with Alistair Barr from Barr Gazetas and contributions from those reshaping the area.

Tour contributors

Benjamin Lesser, Development Manager Soho Place, Derwent London
Philip Thompson, Director, Soho Estates
Jon Allgood, Senior Asset Manager Offices, The Crown Estate
Pradumn Pamidighantam, Project Architect, Barr Gazetas
Katerina Mercury, Senior Asset Manager Retail, The Crown Estate
Guidi Venuri, Associate, Barr Gazetas

Tour B: Mayfair and St James, Piccadilly
This route will look at new strategies for public realm development and the transformation of key districts in order to meet the changing needs of residential, business and visitor communities, while retaining their appeal as global destinations. The tour will visit South Molton Street, New Bond Street, The Marq, Princes Arcade and Piccadilly Lights. This tour will be led by Veronica Pinto of Westminster City Council with contributions from those reshaping the area. All tours end with networking drinks at Market Hall West End.Tour contributors

Dan Johnson, Strategic Advisor, New West End Company 
Samina Courtin, Sustainability Consultant, New West End Company
Cynthia Grant, Project Director Bond Street Transformation, New West End Company
Oliver Smith, Head of St James, The Crown Estate

Tour C: Victoria
This route will look at approaches to public realm development and community engagement in the Victoria, Belgravia areas that are transforming neighbourhoods around a key transport hub and  providing increased mobility and connectivity. The tour will visit Eccleston Yards, Cundy Street Quarter, and Victoria Place. This tour will be led by Adam Summerfield of Westminster City Council with contributions from those reshaping the area.

Tour contributors

Buro Four
Victoria BID
Natalie Thomson, Senior Associate, BuckleyGrayYeoman
Andrew Henriques, Director, BuckleyGrayYeoman

Tour D: Covent Garden and The Strand, Aldwych
This route will explore mixed-use and public realm developments in Covent Garden and the West End, designed to boost the creative and cultural economy, improve mobility, enhance experience of place and reinforce world-class status. The tour will visit Centre Point, The Strand, Aldwych, Floral Court and The Royal Opera House. This tour will be led by Joanna Turner of Westminster City Council with contributions from those reshaping the area.

Tour contributors

Stanton Williams

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Ticket Cost:
Partners - £165+VAT
Members - £245+VAT
Non-members - £329+VAT 

If you would like to become a member and would like to discuss membership options please contact Aurelia Amanitis

If you experience any issues whilst making a booking please contact Beatriz Chivite or call 020 7636 4044.

We reserve a number of places for representatives of local amenity groups at our On Location events. If you are a part of a community group and would like to attend this event please contact Katie Russell or call 020 7636 4044.

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