Wednesday, 23 February 2011

City Architecture Forum

The Master, in his Newsletter for February 2011, mentions the City Architecture Forum and its 20th Anniversary publication 'City Architecture: redesigning the City of London 1991-2011'.

As Chairman of the Forum, I welcome any members of the Company to join the Forum and increase their awareness of the City’s prodigious investment in architecture. Our website: tells you about us and our meetings, and connects you to our Hon. Secretary, Chris Howell, either for information or to join the forum. Typically, we meet four or five times a year to discuss new projects, and then to visit them on their completion. Our next meeting is on March 14th at Ropemaker Place, British Land’s 'low-carbon' development. We will be discussing low-carbon design with its client and designers. Come and join us.

You can see the book, 'City Architecture', bound into the AJ issue of January 20th 2011. You can also obtain a copy from the WCCA Clerk, the Museum of London bookshop or the RIBA bookshop. It contains essays and commentary on 60 notable buildings from the last twenty years, with walking guide maps to the new buildings and open spaces.

Richard Saxon: Chairman, City Architecture Forum and Past Master of the Company.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Photos from the award assessment walk - 9 February 2011

St. Lawrence Jewry drinking fountain - relocated

New Court, St. Swithin's Lane and 'The Walbrook'

'The Walbrook' roofscape

Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane

Cullum Street & 155 Fenchurch Street

The St. Botolph Building

The St. Botolph Building

Broadgate Tower, 201 Bishopsgate

Broadgate Tower, 201 Bishopsgate

Broadgate Tower, 201 Bishopsgate

Broadgate Tower, 201 Bishopsgate


Tuesday, 8 February 2011

New City Architecture Awards for 2010

The weather being half way decent, those selected by the Court of the Company will tomorrow set out for their annual look at the entries for the New City Architecture Awards for the year 2010. Buildings and public works projects qualifying for consideration are those completed free of planing conditions in the qualifying year (the 12 month period up to the end of September 2010). Entries are judged for their contribution to the streetscape and skyscape of the City.

In no particular order those being considered this year are as follows (where available, images are included):

 The relocation and restoration of the St Lawrence Jewry Drinking Fountain at the eastern end of Carter Lane Gardens by The Street Scene Team at the City of London Corporation with Architects: Freeland Rees Roberts.

 Street Scene Enhancements at St Mary-le-Bow Churchyard by The Street Scene Team at the City of London Corporation

 29-33 King Street- new offices behind a listed facade by EPR Architects
 Broadgate Tower, 201 Bishopsgate office development by SOM Architects
 The Writers, Spitalfields (120 Middlesex Street and 12-18 Artillery Lane) - a residential and reatil development by ORMS Architecture Design.
The St Botolph Building at the junction of Aldgate, St Botolph Street and Houndsditch - new offices by Grimshaw Architects LLP

155 Fenchurch Street - new office development by Darling Associates

New Court, an office development in St Swithins Lane by OMA

 The Walbrook - new office and retail development at Walbrook and Cannon Street by Foster and Partners

(below) Drapers Gardens - Throgmorton Avenue - new office development by Foggo Associates                               
Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane - new office building by David Walker Architects

 Also under consideration - Princes House, 94-95 Gresham Street and Bartlett House, 9-12 Basinghall Street - redevelopment behind listed facade to provide retailand office accommodation.

Please feel free to post any comments you may have on the merits or otherwise of the buildings being considered. No guarantees are given that the assessors will take the slightest notice but you never know.