London as a world city can never stand still. While it is has an immense history to respect, it has to continually develop and improve, or it will die. London is the economic powerhouse of the UK and its future prosperity is essential for the future for the whole of the UK. New London Architecture (NLA) under the leadership of Peter Murray has, for the last decade, been at the forefront of debate and discussion about the future of London. In celebrating its 10th year, it has launched both its new Public London programme of events and also a new, larger and more interactive model of the central boroughs of London which shows the proposed developments which have achieved planning permission, illustrating the immense scale of the ongoing redevelopment that is continuing to take place across this great city.
Improving the public realm in which residents, workers and visitors enjoy London is key to the future as the city re-balances the late 20th century focus on the car. The Public London exhibition illustrates 250 key projects from the last decade that have created and transformed public space in the city, while reminding us that this is only a start – there are many projects still in the pipeline, to be executed over the next decade.
NLA had a model of proposed developments as the centrepiece of its ground floor space, around which a changing programme of temporary exhibitions took place, Ten years on, there is a stunning new model, which is larger and has new interactive facilities. Built by Pipers at a scale of 1:2000, it covers a huge area of over 85 sq km of London, with some 170,000 buildings and extends from King’s Cross in the north to Peckham in the south and the Royal Docks in the east to Old Oak Common in the west. There are new touch screens and interactive films, including one on London’s astonishing number of 263 tall building projects which are planned or under construction, linked with visual overlays on view corridors, developers’ schemes and major transport links, the progress of which may well depend on who is the governing party after the elections in early May.
The NLA is well poised for another decade in leading the discussion and debate on how this great city should and will develop,