Mayor of London moving to East End

Mayor of London moving to East End

Sadiq Khan is set to move London’s government headquarters from City Hall to a new location in the East End. The Crystal building at the Royal Docks in Newham will be the new home for both the mayor and the Greater London Authority (GLA) at the end of the year....

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The Crack that lets in the Light

The Crack that lets in the Light

If a journey begins with a single step, so an architect’s design begins with a single line. Yards multiply to become miles, lines on blank paper may emerge as no more than a walk to the bus or expand into a great adventure. A journeyman’s best attempt, or a path...

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Going Green: the new government voucher scheme

Going Green: the new government voucher scheme

From the end of September, a new ‘Green Homes Grant’ scheme will offer vouchers for homeowners across England. The vouchers will help to pay for environmentally friendly home improvements such as loft, floor and wall insulation, or to replace single-glazed windows with double glazing.   The majority of vouchers are worth...

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How, why and where do we go from here?

How, why and where do we go from here?

Should we be surprised that the lockdowns have caused an alarming rise in mental illness across all generations of our society? Is this an outcome of the lack of human interaction that we crave or is there more? Why is it that Covid outbreaks have hit more deprived urban communities...

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Property and the Pandemic

Property and the Pandemic

When the UK went into lockdown, the property market was artificially frozen. Between March 26th and May 12th, the nation was banned from moving house. With estate agents ordered to stop doing business, huge swathes of the property industry were temporarily shut down, and around £82bn in house sales were...

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Wanted: “Head of Placemaking”.

Wanted: “Head of Placemaking”.

If you fail to maintain the tyres on your car and are unlucky enough to hit a cluster of potholes puncturing all four tyres at once, speeding up will not solve the problem of arriving at your destination. You may lose all control and arrive in a ditch at the...

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The Chancellor’s Nudget

The Chancellor’s Nudget

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s summer budget is welcome light-touch, modish nudge economics. Sociologists and futurologists predict the pandemic will be an event where culture will be identified as pre-, post- and perhaps pendant-Covid 19, whilst the Chancellor appears to have embraced the threat of Covid 19 or its antonym “opportunity”.  The...

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New homes featuring antibacterial ‘kill zones’ as architects adjust to COVID

New homes featuring antibacterial ‘kill zones’ as architects adjust to COVID

The shockwaves of the coronavirus pandemic have been inescapable and have shaken industries across the globe in unpredictable ways. Thermal cameras, at-home medical care, virus-killing surfaces and self-contained neighbourhoods sound more like science fiction than city planning, but in the shadow of the Pandemic the residential sector is increasingly looking...

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Auctions Calendar June 2020

Auctions Calendar June 2020

See websites for more information   North London Auctions NL Auction Rooms is a family run business based in North Finchley, and has been holding auctions there since 1977. The majority of its items come from the local community, private dealers and house clearances. NLA sells most things; porcelain, china,...

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