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A new year presents a chance to take stock on the previous twelve months and look forward to what might come about over the next. Will the housing market in London overheat? Will the capital’s steeply rising population curve present even trickier problems for London’s creaking infrastructure to cope with? And will we finally get a decision on how to progress on airport capacity, after all these decades? This issue of New London Quarterly delves into a number of these topics.

In our viewpoint feature this time out we seek opinions from key people on what they feel is the best course London can take in terms of its immediate and long-term infrastructure needs. On the airport question and over the prospects for his own, controversial, HS2 concept, there is an interview with Lord Adonis. And on the provision of new housing for the capital there is a New Londoner interview with Kathrin Hersel, the dynamic development director at Almacantar, which is seeking to move up a gear by bookending Oxford Street with high profile schemes at Centre Point and Marble Arch Tower.

Elsewhere, we continue our series on practices which are at the top of their game with a look at Hawkins\Brown – fresh from a hectic 12 months in which it won the iCity project, celebrated 25 years in the business and was runner up in the Stirling Prize with its Park Hill scheme. Our regular briefing notes section offers a catch-up on a busy period of NLA events covering On Location looks at Hackney and Old Oak Common as well as in-depth analyses of sectors including TMT offices, placemaking, third age housing and PRS. There’s a look at Bonham’s new HQ in our building review, plus a special feature on the Great Estates and the lessons they can teach modern London. And, as a taster of a year to come that is likely to be dominated by tall buildings stories plus a blockbuster exhibition at NLA, there is a profile of British Land’s Paul Burgess, talking the talk on the Leadenhall Building and beyond.

Indeed, things are looking up – and there’s a lot to look forward to in 2014.

Enjoy the issue.

David Taylor, Editor



Selected quotes and facts pulled together from NLA events over the last quarter

New Londoner

Alamacantar development director Kathrin Hersel tells Peter Murray about the firm’s plans to bookend Oxford Street


Transport expert and High Speed Two proponent Lord Adonis talks to David Taylor


British Land’s Paul Burgess talks Leadenhall Building and the City with David Taylor

Top of their game

‘Nice signature practice’ Hawkins\ Brown talk about the importance of listening. By David Taylor

Great Estates special

What can contemporary London learn from the Great Estates? Special report

Building review

The Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands- designed new HQ for Bonhams gets the building review treatment

The directory

Our guide to the companies and properties in London, complete with agents' views on specific areas
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