Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bethnal Green Pocket Park

I have been in Bethnal Green today looking at progress on a new pocket park in Derbyshire Street, which has been designed and ‘promoted’ by Landscape Architects Greysmith Associates, working with neighbours Oxford House (one of the first ‘settlement houses’, … Continue reading

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The Next Euston Arch?

I haven’t much to say about this at the moment, because I need to find out much more about what the implications are for The Mayor of London’s plans for Euston as a ‘Growth Opportunity Area’. But I just wanted … Continue reading

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Holistic Regeneration, Multi-functioning Places and Green Infrastructure

When formulating regeneration strategies, plans for the growth of existing places, and the creation of new places, I am a great believer that many aspects and issues have to be integrated and the planning and delivery has to be holistic. … Continue reading

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Purfleet – Regeneration and Growth

Purfleet, in Essex but part of Thurrock Unitary Council, is set to have over 3,000 new homes and an entire new centre with shops, business units and social facilities as part of the overall masterplan. I do hope that the … Continue reading

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Silicon Roundabout – a suitable case for public investment?

I seem to recall that The Government and The Mayor of London have commited themselves to putting public money into the developmet of a nice new building at Old Street Roundabout as part of their post-event credit claiming for the … Continue reading

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Shepherdess Walk – conservation test case

Just before Christmas I went to meet a landscape architect I collaborate with at his office just off of Old Street roundabout, in London. On the way I suddenly realised that I was on Shepherdess Walk. I seem to remember … Continue reading

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Time for ordinary, decent and high quality homes?

Seeing this site hoarding in London last night (sorry about poor quality of the photo’) has prompted me to ask “Why do all developments have to be labelled ‘Luxurious’, ‘Stunning’, ‘Exclusive’, ‘Executive’, ‘High Quality’, etc?”. Isn’t it about time that … Continue reading

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