New London Architecture


It’s a by-product of this age that we have all had to learn to do things a little differently. To be flexible to geography, to grapple with
new and emerging technology, to attend to more tasks from home while being perhaps more appreciative of the things that
enrich us after work.

And it’s with this mindset that Squire & Partners, featured this issue, has turned to embedding itself into a new location — Brixton — with a wide offering in terms of facilities and portfolio, allowing it to attract staff into old-school, face-to-face collaboration.
The pandemic has also meant looking differently at central London, of course, Peter Murray recalling his interview with Soho Estates’ John James about his moves to alfresco dining as short-term salvation. Carolyn Dwyer, meanwhile, looks at an interesting new high-street model in a grass-roots music venue out of the centre in Sutton.

Having a rich mix of uses has also become key, epitomised in our building review this time of KPF’s One Crown Place, combining heritage with new-build, and residential with offices, retail, hotel, restaurants and members’ club. And looking back on projects over a mix of uses to learn what has worked and what hasn’t should be a bigger part of the built environment sector’s modus operandi — PTE showing the
way in this issue with a trio of building revisits.

There’s plenty more besides, including a celebration of the work of architectural photographer H l ne Binet, interviews with new London School of Architecture head of school Neal Shasore and RetroFirst campaigner Will Hurst, and expert panel views across all major sectors.

We hope you enjoy the issue — and, as we approach COP 26, keep thinking differently.

David Taylor, Editor

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The new teams 12
Squire & Partners tell David Taylor about entrepreneurialism and bedding into the Brixton community

Exposure 22
David Taylor talks to H l ne Binet about the architectural photographer’s career and upcoming RA show

Interview 34
Louise Rodgers quizzes new London School of Architecture head of school Neal Shasore

London Design Capital Special 38
Lucie Murray details NLA’s latest report on the capital’s prowess on the world stage

Expert Panel Special 46
NLA’s Expert Panels reveal what they’ve been up to, across all the major work sectors

Building revisits 76
Rory Olcayto takes a trip back in time to revisit three key PTE schemes. What worked?

Building review 86
KPF’s One Crown Place gets the building review treatment

Need to know 4
The quarter — our summary of all the key news events this term

Viewpoint 6
We ask: what would be the best outcome for the built environment to emerge from COP26 in October?

Murray Mint 11 
Peter Murray takes a look at the work of John Sadler, a cartoonist chronicling key local concerns

Opinion 19 | 44
Opinions this time from Carolyn Dwyer in Sutton and Ziona Strelitz on adaptive reuse

Columnist 55
Professor Yolande Barnes of the Bartlett looks at the stories behind falling rents in the residential market

Coffee break 60
Katrina Kostic Samen of KKS Savills on the challenges facing offices

Briefing notes 62
Our regular round-up of conferences and events at NLA

My London 136
Rogers Stirk Harbour partner John McElgunn on the lifeblood of London — The Thames

Look back on lockdown 20
Al fresco city — Peter Murray looks back at his interview with Soho Estates CEO John James

Collaborate 28
Discover South Kensington’s Emily Candler on three new schemes in the area’s green trail

Best of the web 30
David Taylor catches up with Deborah Saunt of DSDHA to talk about the National Youth Theatre project on Holloway Road

From the team 42
Nicola Sheppey of One City sings the praises of the ‘un-Square Mile’ she promotes

Q&A 52
David Taylor catches up with Will Hurst of the Architects’ Journal, to ask about the magazine’s ongoing RetroFirst campaign

Reviews 56
Peter Murray reviews a new book on Design for London, plus Leanne Tritton on Empireland

Market essay 94
Ros Goode of Avison Young looks at London’s prospects for recovery in the months and years to come



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