'Revealing the City:

The future of offices in the City of London

Tuesday, 13 April, 6:30

The burning question on everyone’s lips now that the vaccination programme is accelerating remains ‘what will be the new normal for the City of London post covid?’


Will everyone simply return and carry on as before? 


Will social distancing remain and influence commuter travel patterns , hours of access, occupational densities and office take-up?

What are the lessons from Asia with SARS 2003?

What impact might all of the above have on the eco-system of the City where the very foundation of institutions such as Lloyd’s of London was the ability to meet face to face and do business ?

Join us on April 13th when we will discuss the future of cities and workspace in the post-COVID world with Despina Katsikakis, Global Head of Total Workplace at Cushman and Wakefield, Peter Murray London Mayoral Design Advocate and Chair of New London Architecture, and Andrew Reynolds City Architecture Forum Chair and advisor on a number of new City tower projects.

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'Revealing the City:

Eight Bishopsgate

Tuesday, 20 April, 6:30

Architect Oliver Tyler (WilkinsonEyre) and engineer Jeremy Edwards (Arup) have led the respective architectural and engineering teams from inception through to the current construction of the building.


The 51 storey building for Mitsubishi Estate, with Development Manager Stanhope, is located in the heart of the City of London at the junction of Bishopsgate and Leadenhall. The building provides more than 550,000ft² of new commercial office space with ground floor retail. Conceived as a stack of ‘blocks’ in response to the townscape and view constraints the building appears quite distinct from other ‘tall’ buildings in the eastern cluster.


With sustainability being a key driver of the design from the outset the building is the first speculatively developed tower in the UK to target an EPC A energy rating and BREEAM Outstanding rating. The design is founded on the UN Sustainable Development goals and follows the guidance of the RIBA 2030 Challenge. The design has been developed to achieve both low embodied carbon targets and be low-carbon in operation.


The building is currently under construction and due for completion in Q4 2022.


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The Future of Work is not ours

Thursday, 29 April, 6:30

Join us as we team up with The London Society to discuss 'Changes in Work' in a post-Covid world.


The first in The London Society's series 'Change in Work'. BDG architecture + design looks at the point of view of our next generation of workforce, school children. It will show the results of a project where a group of children design their future workspace in Minecraft.

This gaming platform was chosen not just for its popularity with children but because it’s already being used to aid the design and communication of architectural projects BDG is working on and also could, in fact, democratise the whole process and be the future of how we communicate and experience the built environment ahead of investment.

The discussion will be led by Colin Macgadie, Chief Creative Officer at www.bdg-a-d.com . Other speakers TBC.

Colin Macgadie is the overall creative lead for BDG, responsible for creating world class environments for all BDG clients, regardless of size or sector. His belief that architecture is most successful when people feel a connection to space is reflected in BDG’s studio culture and evidence-based design approach.

His unique understanding of workplace dynamics, and the impact of the built environment on people and culture, has helped deliver innovative solutions and cultural change for some of the world’s leading brands, resulting in an unprecedented two BCO Innovation Awards in 2017 for SKY and WPP.


Image: WPP Detroit Campus currently under construction in Minecraft by Nick Weirtella, Assistant Planner at GTB

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'Revealing the City':

Thermal Comfort - a ground breaking environmental initiative

Wednesday, 12 May, 6:30

As has been widely reported as part of the great ‘will they /won’t they return to work like before ?’ debate the City Corporation has already in 2021 given consent for 3 major new office towers as it seeks to set the scene for the supply of the next generation of fit for purpose grade A office supply to underpins London’s global city status.

In December 2020 the City Corporation introduced its latest Planning Advice Note ,’Thermal Comfort Guidelines’ in what is believed to be a world first as a further element in its package of key environmental policies to protect and enhance the built environment in the City of London.

The guidelines seek to ensure that the developers of tall and major buildings in the City do take account of the likely impact of their developments in a much broader way than previously applied and ensuring through early interrogation of the designs that they can bring improvements to the outdoor spaces created by these larger scale developments.

Join Gwyn Richards, Interim Chief Planning Officer and Development Director in the Department of the Built Environment at the City of London, and Ender Ozkan, Vice President of RWDI to hear how the 2 organisations worked together to produce the new guidelines for the next generation of post COVID developments in the City where the very crafting of a more nuanced mix of new office space and outdoor amenity will be fundamental to the next generation of our great City of London.


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'Revealing the City':

One Crown Place

Tuesday, 25 May, 6:30

John Bushell, Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Henry Robinson, Senior Director at CBRE, discuss the design of One Crown Place which is completing this Spring.


The talk will look at how a derelict site has been revived, combining old and new to create a dynamic, mixed-use city block. The project responds to the materiality and scale of Hackney, and relates to the wider urban context, with bespoke screen printed facades designed in collaboration with local artist Stig Evans.


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