New London Architecture

On Location – Square Mile: Future City

On Location

Thursday 09 December 2021
08:30 - 15:00

Presenting the City's vision for ensuring its position as the world’s most innovative, competitive, open and sustainable financial centre.

The pandemic has radically transformed ways of working and socialising, changing demands on urban centres. Prior to the epidemic, there were 7.4 million visits to City attractions annually, a 50 per cent increase over the last 10 years, and over 520,000 workers travelling to and from the City each day. After over 18 months of working from home, workers  – and visitors – will eventually return to the Square Mile, even if the way that they use their offices may change. This confidence is underpinned by strong demand from developers and investors. In the first two months of 2021, the City granted consent to applications equivalent of almost 80 per cent of the total office floorspace approved for the whole of 2020. 
Recently approved tower developments embrace health and wellbeing, while also offering flexible spaces to ensure they can adapt to new ways of working. And in the context of the climate emergency, a common approach to achieving net zero goals is also driving the recovery agenda. A sustainable Square Mile will add to its offer of a world class business ecosystem, outstanding environments and vibrant cultural offer.
As the economy starts to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic, this NLA On Location conference presents the City of London’s vision for ensuring its position as the world’s most innovative, competitive, open and sustainable financial centre by adapting to post-pandemic economic and social changes. 

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Speaker biographies

Peter Murray OBE

Curator-in-Chief, NLA

Benjamin O'Connor

Director, NLA

Juliemma McLoughlin

Executive Director, Environment, City of London Corporation

Will Gompertz

Director of Arts and Learning, Barbican

Jason Hawthorne

Founding Director, VU.CITY

Bola Abisogun OBE

Chairman, DiverseCity Surveyors

Dan Bayley

Director, Tenant Representation London, JLL

Oliver Knight

Head of Offices, Landsec

Caitlin Warfield

Vice President of Marketing, Brookfield Properties

Alistair Subba Row

Senior Partner, Farebrother

Lee Elliott

Partner & Head of Global Occupier Research, Knight Frank

Victoria Bajela

Associate Director - Central London Office Research, Savills

Andrew Reynolds

Chair of EC Partnership, City of London

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