[14/06/13] London’s skyline isn’t just about the new, iconic tall buildings such as The Shard, Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater, according to City of London’s Chief Planner, Peter Rees.
Drawing the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 2013 London Conference to a close yesterday with a Thames River Boat tour, the City of London’s Chief Planner treated 100 industry guests to an onboard commentary on the bold outlines continuing to take shape across the capital, as well as the City’s lesser known buildings and heritage.
From the emerging architecture in the City and the need to avoid the temptation to judge buildings before they are fully complete, to Wapping, where an eclectic blend of old and new architecture meet, and further east to Greenwich, where views of St Paul’s become harder to preserve, this was valuable, first-hand insight from one of the most influential figures in London property.
The trip was organised by CTBUH and Hilson Moran. Braving the weather for the journey from Vauxhall to Greenwich, guests included Argent, Laing O’Rourke, Legal & General, Lend Lease, Mace, Make Architects, and Rafael Viñoly Architects.
Vince Ugarow, Director at Hilson Moran, which has undertaken work on many of London’s tallest buildings, including the Gherkin, the Walkie Talkie and Canary Wharf’s 25 Churchill Place, said: “This was a fantastic end to a very informative conference and a great reminder of the impact that all our work has on London’s character – and the responsibility we take on when working on new projects. We’d like to thank all who attended, as well as Peter Rees for his informative and highly entertaining commentary as we cruised along the river.”