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Launch of 'A Future for the Oxford Street District’

Publica, working with Volterra and Gerald Eve, has completed a two year study and report on Oxford Street and the surrounding area, exploring how it can be transformed from a single shopping street into a varied, entertaining and well-connected district of distinct neighbourhoods. The newly launched report, A Future for the Oxford Street District, and accompanying website, illustrates a bold aspiration for this area to become a vibrant centre for civic life and commerce with the world’s best retail and culture destination at its heart. 

Commissioned by New West End Company (NWEC), the report will be officially launched on 15 June 2017 at the 2017 London Real Estate Forum by Westminster City Council Leader, Councillor Nickie Aiken, Sue West, Director of Operations at Selfridges & Co., Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, and Jace Tyrell NWEC CEO. 

A Future for the Oxford Street District has been developed in response to the ambitious vision adopted by the West End Partnership for the wider West End and it also forms the basis for New West End Company’s response to the recent Westminster City Council and Transport for London consultation on the transformation of Oxford Street. The report is intended both to inspire and to demonstrate how the Oxford Street district can make a greater contribution to the success of the West End, and in doing so secure its future as a world-class shopping, cultural and commercial centre. Actions for delivering this future will include environmental and public realm upgrades to reduce traffic, improving air quality, and enhancing wayfinding and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. A dynamic mix of uses across the district will also be sensitively established, together with a vibrant district-wide programme of cultural uses, activities and events that will reinvigorate the area and safeguard its future.    

 

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 15 June 2017

Bond Street breaking ground

Publica is delighted that the Bond Street public realm improvement works are breaking ground today, in a special event where funders and partners will be joined by the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe CBE. 

Publica were commissioned by New West End Company and Westminster City Council in 2015 to carry out a public realm study and have since been developing the concept design and working closely with engineers WSP throughout the detailed design process. We are delighted that the project, which presents a unique opportunity to deliver a timeless and elegant streetscape and quality civic setting to promenade, shop and do business will be realised. 
 

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 26 April 2017

The Big Debate

Lucy Musgrave was a featured panelist in 'The Big Debate' a lively event which brought together experts in policy and urban environments for discussion on the next London Plan. 

Lucy spoke on a panel with Ben Plowden, Loyd Grossman and Oliver Wainwright in a session focused on ‘How can we deliver better streets and public spaces?’ Throughout the event topics where hotly contested and the audience contributed through Q&As and live mobile voting. 

For more information or to see the full recording of the event click here.

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 6 February 2017

Is London still the cultural centre of architecture?

Alex Arestis participated in an architecture talk called ‘Dead Centre’, part of Twins Talks - a new series recently launched by Brighton University. The talks "explore difficult alliances, strange bedfellows and new relationships." The aim of the discussions is to "bring together very different people, organisations and ideas to explore differences as well as cultivate common ground."

On 26th January, Alex was “twined” with Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio, Lee Ivett of Baxendale and Kate Goodwin of the Royal Academy to debate whether London is still the cultural centre of architecture or whether London’s financialisation is killing its culture. 

Alex defended London’s position as a cultural leader throughout a thought-provoking conversation. For more information click here.

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 3 February 2017

City of London: Strengthening resilience

Lucy Musgrave will be taking part in a panel discussion at the NLA’s annual ‘On Location’ event taking place on 9 November 2016. The event will examine the future for development and infrastructure in the City of London, and will be attended by an audience of senior professionals from the built environment industry. 

The session Lucy will be included in will discuss ‘Placemaking in the City’ with a presentation from Sharon Ament (Director of the Museum of London) on the museum’s planned move to Smithfield beginning the disussion. Other members of the panel include: Emily Gee (Historic England); Simon Glynn (City of London); Stuart Adolph (Sydell Group) and Carlin Fier (Brookfied Property Partners).

Book tickets here.

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 4 November 2016

Lucy Musgrave appointed to NIC Expert Advisory Group

Lucy Musgrave has been appointed as a member of the Technical Panel of the National Infrastructure Commission’s newly-formed Expert Advisory Groups.

The Expert Advisory Groups consist of two panels, Technical and Analytical, with the panel members for both groups consisting of industry experts and leading thinkers from across industry, business and academia. The panels will act as a sounding board for the Commission’s emerging thinking and methodologies and provide the NIC with a range of different perspectives and experiences on its work. Panel members will also be required to add additional level of scrutiny to Commission’s documents prior to publication, and to advise on the quality, limitations, and appropriate uses of the research carried out by - or on behalf of - the Commission, as well as specific issues and problems when necessary. The panel members will also help the NIC to establish and maintain relationships with other experts and stakeholders, where appropriate.

 Lucy’s appointment to the panel follows Publica’s recent invitation to present analysis to the Commission, exploring infrastructure’s leading role in urban development. The NIC is beginning its next phase of the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA), and the formation of the NIC’s expert advisory groups was announced alongside the launch of a 15 week call for evidence – inviting the submission of ideas and solutions to shape the development of the NIA.

 

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 3 November 2016

Illuminated River International Design Competition

Lucy Musgrave is delighted to have been appointed to the jury for the Illuminated River International Design Competition, launched in June 2016 by the Illuminated River Foundation, supported by The Rothschild Foundation. The competition is seeking multi-disciplinary creative teams with artistic vision and lighting expertise who can deliver inspirational light art on London’s bridges to reinvigorate the River Thames. The project covers 17 road, rail and pedestrian bridges over the River Thames from Albert Bridge to Tower Bridge, and will result in a series of free, permanent light installations.

Experiencing an overwhelming response to its first stage submission, 105 teams entered, made up of 346 individual firms. The teams have now been shortlisted and six finalists will go on to develop concept design lighting schemes for four specific bridges as well as an overall masterplan, which will be judged by the jury later in November 2016.

The jury comprises of a number of high-profile artists and cultural figures including: Dame Julia Peyton-Jones (formerly Director of the Serpentine Galleries); Michael Craig-Martin, (Artist); Justine Simons OBE (Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries) and Lord Rothschild OM GBE (Chairman of the Rothschild Foundation).

More information on the competition and details of the full jury here

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 2 November 2016

How do we define ‘placemaking’ for London?

Victoria Wägner contributed to an NLA think tank session in July 2016, entitled ‘How do we define ‘placemaking’ for London?’. The event was well attended by a range of industry experts, from local authorities, architect’s practices, developers, academics and consultants. The discussion focused on what the term ‘placemaking’ means and how it could be approached in order to create great places for London.

Briefing notes from this session have been included in the most recent New London Quarterly issue and includes a brief summary of Victoria’s input to the session.

 

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 28 October 2016

How does creative placemaking work in practice?

Anna Mansfield has been invited to co-chair the NLA’s upcoming Creative Placemaking conference, which will consider ‘How does creative placemaking work in practice?’.

The session will have presentations focusing on Masterplanning new cultural districts and the role of the temporary. Anna will chair a panel discussion with speakers: Alex Wraight (Allies and Morrison); Elliot Lipton (First Base); Dan Burr (Sheppard Robson); Henry Dimbleby (London Union) and Polly Plunket (Broadgate Estates).

For more information or to purchase tickets click here.

Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 24 October 2016

West End Partnership Prosperity Group Meeting

Lucy Musgrave was invited to present Publica’s recent work on Oxford Street, (produced in collaboration with Gerald Eve and Volterra) to the West End Partnership Prosperity Group on 18 October.

Prosperity and ensuring that local people and all Londoners can see and access the benefits of greater prosperity and better life opportunities as part of a thriving and growing West End, is one of the West End Partnership’s core areas of focus. A board has been formed (the West End Partnership Prosperity Group) to oversee the delivery of relevant projects relating to prosperity and to report back to the West End Partnership’s board. The prosperity group comprises a number of representatives from owners and occupiers through to local authorities as well as Greater London Authority figures.

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 19 October 2016

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