A Day Conference on The Sustainable Development on the Thames, held on Wednesday 16th November 2016
The Thames Estuary Partnership’s 2016 conference offered a succession of strong, interesting speeches delivered to packed audiences at Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, WC!.
UCL’s professor of places and city planning, Peter Rees, robustly tackled issues of Thames development, which included the number of empty riverside blocks of flats bought by overseas investors.
Piers Gough, architect and partner of the CZWG Partners showed fascinating photos of CZWG’s work east of the Isle of Dogs in the late 1970s onwards. For the future he called for big bold buildings, rather than the higgledy piggledy development lacking an overall plan.
Giles Pink of lawyers Berwin Leighton Paisner, gave a lucid ‘commercial context’ of sustainable development, and Tony Pidgley, founder and chair of hugely successful developer Berkeley Homes, and a member of the Thames Estuary Growth Commission 2050, gave listeners some fascinating insights into Berkeley’s involvement in remodelling Woolwich Arsenal.
He stressed that it was essential to work with local people, win their trust and be inclusive at all times, which he felt Berkeley made every effort to do at Woolwich.
Not-for-profit Waterwise’s Aaron Burton gave insights about the importance of efficient water use in cities, followed by Stephen Mckenna of The Landtrust who talked about the thousands of green open spaces, big and small, which the charity is given to care for by companies, institutions and the public all over the UK.
The ‘Break out’ sessions held in the afternoon proved very popular and the event finished with a busy drinks reception.
London’s Housing Future
London’s population could reach 11 million by mid-century. This rising population will need homes, employment, transport, energy, healthcare, education and much else.
The river Thames is a prime development area with huge amount of building work already taking place at Nine Elms, Battersea and at Canary Wharf. The idea was to address issues around rapid and extensive development on the Thames, which is why our theme is Sustainable Development on the Thames.
The 2016 Event Programme
Speakers included experts in planning and development to provide a commercial and a regulatory perspective on development on the river.
The main speaker was:
Tony Pidgley CBE, Chairman Berkeley Group
Keynote speakers were:
UCL Professor Peter Rees CBE, Professor of Places and City Planning at the Bartlett Institute
Piers Gough CBE, Partner CZWG Architects
A full list of speakers is here