Lucy Musgrave appointed to the board of Public Practice

Lucy Musgrave is delighted to sit on the board of the new social enterprise, Public Practice.

“Public Practice is placing a new generation of planners within local government to shape places for the public good. It will build the public sector’s capacity to deliver homes and growth, make better places, and share skills and knowledge across authorities.”

Public Practice is led by Finn Williams, CEO, with a board that is chaired by Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration & Skills. Other board members include Danna Walker, Director of Built by Us, Sara Cary, Head of Sustainable Places at British Land and Vincent Lacovara, Placemaking Team Leader at Croyden Council. The board is observed by Debbie Jackson, Assistant Director, GLA Regeneration and Pooja Agrawal, Senior Project Officer, GLA Regeneration. 

Public Practice is supported by the Mayor of London, Local Government Association, Future Cities Catapult, British Land, Berkeley Group and Peabody.

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Posted in: Recent News
Date: 31 October 2017

Lucy Musgrave Night time Commission role

Lucy Musgrave has been appointed to sit on the Mayor of London’s Night Time Commission.

The Night Time Commission has been appointed to assist in the realisation of the Mayor’s Vision for London as a 24-Hour City which sets out the Mayor’s plan to turn London into a leading 24-hour global city. The 24-hour vision strives to create a night-time culture which: promotes culture and leisure for all ages and interests, increases opening hours, ensures safety for residents, visitors and night-time workers and works closely with boroughs and the police to create a balanced and sustainable night time offer.

In order to achieve these aims, the Night Time Commission will investigate by consulting with London residents, evening and night workers, councils, businesses, community groups, public sector organisations and visitors to the capital.

The Commission are due to report back their findings in late 2018.

Lucy’s Musgrave said: “Let’s study our neighbourhoods and understand how they work at night. Let’s improve the way we light London at night, ‘Cities are like cats: they reveal themselves at night’, Rupert Brooke.”

Posted in: Recent News, Events, Studio
Date: 31 October 2017

Tonic Housing Design Charette

On 10 October 2017, Publica hosted and facilitated a design charette for Tonic Housing CIC (Tonic) to explore refining a set of site criteria for the UK’s first LGBT+ majority retirement community.

Supported by Publica’s CIC since 2015, Tonic is a social enterprise which aims to achieve a national demonstration project that challenges the anonymity often found in older people’s housing. Tonic’s vision is led by the belief that creativity, innovation, accessibility, affirmation and joy can help to tackle the isolation, fear and discrimination experienced within the community.

The design charette’s purpose was to focus debate about project priorities and opportunities in a low-risk, structured environment; intended as a ‘dry run’ in advance of key decisions that Tonic will make about the development in the near future, including the selection of a suitable site.

We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm to participate from our invited guests. The group of experts that attended the charette represented a broad cross-section of designers, developers and thinkers, all with extensive knowledge of the culture and constraints within which Tonic's vision will be realised.

The evening was structured around a series of exercises that allowed participants to produce a set of key design considerations for Tonic to use in their search for a suitable site. 

Attendees were representatives from architecture and design firms, including Pollard Thomas Evans, Duggan Morris Architects, Niall McLaughlin Architects, Jonathan Tuckey Designs, and Adam Khan Architects; and specialist researchers, including Veracity/Dubishere.

Posted in: Projects
Date: 16 October 2017

2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Cities Exhibition

Publica, in collaboration with The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, has produced and curated an exhibition on the creative industries in London for the inaugural Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism.

The Place - Spaces - Work exhibition explores the relationship between London’s creative sector and the city’s geography, history, built environment and civic life, shown through a range of mapping techniques and scales. It presents examples of the inventive reuse of buildings by the creative industries, illustrating the diverse social and economic activity they bring to London’s existing building stock.

In 2016, Publica was commissioned to undertake a cultural research project investigating the importance of the creative industries to London. The maps and drawings presented here are extracted from a publication titled, Place - Spaces - Work: The Creative Industries in London, which will launch this fall.

The Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, organised by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Design Foundation, runs from the 1st of September to the 5th of November, 2017. Visit for more details. 



Posted in: Events
Date: 1 September 2017

Publica Away Day 2017

The Publica team travelled to Shoreham in Kent for our annual away-day, arriving by bike and train with picnics in hand. We enjoyed a day of presentations and discussions about recent and future projects, heard from many members of the team and shared insights across departments, and took in some beautiful countryside views. 

Posted in: Events, Studio
Date: 27 July 2017

London First Champions Aldwych, Hanover Square and East Mayfair Projects

London First has announced that it will be backing three transformational public realm projects in the West End at Aldwych, Hanover Square and East Mayfair. It’s hoped that by championing these schemes the group, comprised of The Portman Estate, Arup, The Crown Estate and Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, can work with the West End Business Improvement Districts to confirm funding and delivery within the next five years.​

Publica produced the public realm visions and urban design proposals for all of the selected schemes. The Northbank BID commissioned Publica’s work on Aldwych, Westminster City Council and Great Portland Estates commissioned our work on Hanover Square, and The Pollen Estate commissioned the East Mayfair project.

Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, said: “The plans for Aldwych, Hanover Square and East Mayfair promise to transform the areas, making them more open, accessible and attractive for residents, local businesses and the millions of people who visit the West End each year. To make sure they don’t get stuck on the drawing board, business is joining forces to champion the work, delivering real ambition and investment for London and our world-famous streets.”

Publica is very pleased that these projects have received recognition from London First, and look forward to continuing to work with our clients, local authorities and Transport for London to ensure that these schemes are delivered.

Posted in: Projects
Date: 13 July 2017

Lucy Musgrave has been appointed as a Mayor's Design Advocate

During an event at the London School of Economics on the evening of 10 July 2017, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launched his Good Growth by Design programme and announced the architectural, design and built environment professionals who have been appointed as Design Advocates to help realise his vision.

Lucy is honoured to be selected alongside an exceptional group of distinguished professionals and design leaders to help support this exciting and much-needed programme over the coming months and years. 

The Good Growth by Design programme is focused on enhancing the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners and ensuring that development across London is ‘high-quality, inclusive and sustainable.’

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Date: 10 July 2017

The British 10K

On Sunday 9th July nine Publica team members took on the challenge of running the British 10k in Central London. The run started from Wellington Arch looped through Westminster and finished at Whitehall. It was an extremely hot day which made the run even more of a challenge. There was lots of support and cheering along the route which spurred along the Publica team and everyone completed the distance with great times. Well done to everyone who took part! 

Posted in: Events, Studio
Date: 10 July 2017

The River at Night

Lucy Musgrave, Vicky Wägner and Satu Streatfield from the Publica led a guided walk for the public on the evening on 29th June as part of LFA 2017 entitled ‘The River at Night’. The tour lead participants along the river at night and allowed them to gain awareness of how darkness and lighting affect the way we see and experience riverside public space. The walk began by tracing the historic edge of the north bank, exploring the variety of after-dark environments that have evolved along the river and they examined the way in which light 'edits' views of the city after nightfall. The tour highlighted the history of civic ambition that shaped the public spaces and infrastructure along the river and encouraged participants to imagine the future potential of these spaces. Thank you to everyone who came along and joined us on this unique journey. 

Posted in: Events
Date: 30 June 2017

Open Studio 2017

Thank you to everyone who came along and made our LFA Open Studio 2017 such a success. This year our exhibition responded to the theme ‘Fieldwork’, with the main exhibition focused on three ‘geographies’ where Publica has undertaken extensive Fieldwork: the Oxford Street district, The Northbank and examples from our international studies. It was great to see lots of familiar faces and meet new people were interested to learn more about our practice. 

Posted in: Events, Studio
Date: 26 June 2017

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