Issue 8: 2 March 2016

    City roof garden battle subsides

    The Corporation of London has largely settled its dispute with the owners of the Walkie Talkie tower, over public access to the block’s rooftop gardens, and the layout of the gardens. The hope is that the lessons learned will help inform other tall buildings in the capital, where rooftop gardens are becoming an increasingly popular [...]

    Health service plans healthier towns

    Officials from the National Health Service are aiming to involve themselves in the design of a series of new settlements, in a bid to make residents more healthy and plan for the support of ageing populations. Developments at Barking Riverside and Ebbsfleet, Kent are among ten sites earmarked for the experiment. Simon Stevens, head of [...]

    High street crowdfunding boost

    Mayor Boris Johnson has launched a crowdfunding initiative to boost London’s high streets and urban centres by backing innovative projects. A partnership with Spacehive, a website dedicated to supporting civic projects, will see the mayor’s office pledge up to £20,000 to individual projects as part of the crowdfunding campaign. Ideas need to be submitted to [...]

    Spurs stadium is a win after extra time

    Football club Tottenham Hotspur is promising it will deliver the finest stadium in the world, after it was granted mayoral permission to redevelop its White Hart Lane home. A £400 million project to revitalise the football ground was given the blessing of Haringey councillors in December, but was of a scale that needed approval from [...]

    Rooftop extension consultation launched

    Interested parties have until mid April to return comments on a new proposal that would allow permitted development of up to two extra floors, on a range of buildings across London. The idea is to make it easier to build up, reducing the pressure to build out as London struggles with housing supply. And the [...]