New London Architecture

Reimagining the Great Estates


Thursday 16 May 2024
08:30 - 11:00

Discover the essence of long-term placemaking, holistic community and cultural and economic development through insights from historic and modern Great Estates.
The narrative of London's evolution is hugely defined by London’s great estates. NLA’s recent publication Great Estates: Models for Modern Placemaking in collaboration with RIBA Publishing, discusses the profound impact of enduring land custodians—estates, charities, and foundations—who have meticulously overseen vast areas of the capital across the centuries. 
Several among those showcased have been pioneers in adopting sustainable building practices, repurposing spaces creatively, and investing in high-quality public areas and cultural initiatives that extend the conventional boundaries of development projects. Within London's competitive global landscape, both historic and modern estates are navigating new challenges and opportunities. What lessons and opportunities can be shared and learned from these challenges?
The principles that sit behind these estates come from their commitment to the long-term, their wider holistic view of place and ability to adapt to change, core principles championed in the New London Agenda. How can we support everyone, including the public sector, and communities, such as Community Land Trusts, to embrace the key teachings from the great estates? 
Join us to unravel the intricacies of long-term placemaking and the diversity it brings, alongside insightful discussions exploring how newer and historic estates are shaping and reimagining the future of London's landscape. How can these custodians adapt their strategies to meet the increasingly crucial ESG standards while continuing to cultivate places of lasting value for generations to come?

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Session One: 
Long-term placemaking 
Welcome from Chair 
Sarah Yates, Researcher, NLA 
Jane Henshaw, Projects Director, Cadogan 
Panel discussion
Speakers above plus:
Caroline Cameron, Senior Development Manager, Places for London 
Julian Robinson, Director of Estates, LSE
Cristina Refolo, Director, Refolo Landscape Architects 
Session Two: 
Culture and communities  
Welcome from Chair 
Sarah Yates, Researcher, NLA 
Mark Williams, Deputy Chief Executive, HOLBA 
Panel discussion
Speakers above plus:
Carl Konadu, CEO, 2-3 Degrees 
Fiona Stewart, Associate, Hawkins\Brown
Laura Whyte, Senior Asset Manager, Church Commissioners for England 

Speaker biographies

Sarah Yates

Researcher, New London Architecture

Mark Williams

Deputy Chief Executive, Heart of London Business Alliance

Caroline Cameron

Senior Development Manager, Places for London

Julian Robinson

Director of Estates, London School of Economics

Fiona Stewart

Associate, Hawkins\Brown Ltd

Cristina Refolo

Director, Refolo Landscape Architects

Carl Konadu

CEO, 2-3 Degrees

Laura Whyte

Senior Asset Manager, Church Commissioners

Jane Henshaw

Director of Projects, Cadogan

Great Estates



The London Centre
3 Aldermanbury


There are 4 steps to the main entrance, with a level access entrance via the Guildhall West Wing approximately 200 feet away. There are toilets and accessible toilets via stairs or a lift to the lower ground floor. If you would like more information, or have any access requirements, please let us know what these are and how we can best accommodate these by emailing

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London School of Economics


Great Estates: Models for Modern Placemaking


Great Estates: Models for Modern Placemaking

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Great Estates: Models for Modern Placemaking


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