Celebrating London’s unique mix of old and new
London’s story is told through its buildings, monuments, squares and streets. From Roman, Medieval, Gothic, Elizabethan, Georgian and Regency, to Art Deco, Brutalist and Postmodern, the city retains signs of its development over the past 2000 years in the built environment that has survived to present days.
But London is also an ever-changing city and the result is the unique combination of old and new in the city fabric, a feature that defines London’s identity.
As London faces the climate emergency and the COVID-19 pandemic, what are the consequences for the conservation and heritage sector? What can be done to support the sector and what challenges and opportunities can arise?
Cultural and heritage sites across the capital have experienced a drastic fall in income due to the drop in tourism, what does it mean for our historic buildings? On the other side, will the pandemic open up new opportunities to re-think the function of our existing building stock?
The climate emergency has also forced the built environment sector to rethink its priority, with a particular emphasis on preserving and extending the life of our buildings with upgrading them for the future. Yet old and historic buildings often face challenges when it comes to retrofit and adaptive reuse. What are the emerging techniques and approaches that allow to reduce the energy consumption of old buildings while not damaging their character?
This year-round programme brings together conservation professionals, institutions and local authorities to share best practice and provide a forum for the industry to protect London’s heritage in a time of crisis.