New London Architecture

Conservation & Retrofit

 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, not afraid to reinvent his places to accommodate new needs and respond to the challenges posed by growth. The result is the unique combination of old and new in the city fabric, a feature that defines London’s identity. 

How do we ensure an approach for development that allows the city to absorb and facilitate growth whilst retaining its heritage?

A year-round programme examines how the industry can harness London’s heritage to create attractive and financially viable schemes, and showcases the most sympathetic and innovative approaches taken with the capital’s many listed buildings, major areas of regeneration and the successful juxtaposition of old and new — celebrating heritage in a growing and fast-changing city.

  • Updates on major conservation projects in the capital 
  • Impact of facadism on the city’s identity 
  • Planning approaches for conservation areas

Transforming South Kensington – Enhancing Heritage and Design, Breakfast Talk, June 2020


  • A Tall Order: retrofitting London’s skyscrapers, Breakfast Talk, September 2019 
  • Caring for 20th Century Buildings, PechaKucha, September 2018 
  • Reimagining 60s London, Breakfast Talk, April 2018 
  • How do we retain London’s character in a period of rapid growth? Half-day Conference, May 2017 
  • London History Day, Model talk, May 2017 
  • Smithfield Market & Museum of London, Breakfast Talk, August 2016 
  • London’s commercial retrofit market, Half-day Conference, April 2016 
  • Gasholder Park, Networking, October 2015 
  • Royal Academy, Breakfast Talk, June 2015 
  • Hyde Park Barracks, Breakfast Talk, February 2015

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Prices start from £4,250 + VAT for 12 month support. 


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Retrofit for purpose – tall storeys


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