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The art and science of master planning

Sheppard Robson CGI of Chrisp Street regeneration in London E14 with Poplar HARCA and Telford Homes

Our March forum at the Architectural Association, Bedford Square, London, looks at the 'science' of master planning our towns and cities and flows on from the insight on new developments provided at our 'Infrastructure 2020' event this month.

We will be featuring several important city master plans that act as examples of excellent practice within the built environment industry.

Joining us will be Trevor Morriss, who is a Council member of the Architectural Association and who founded SPPARC in 2007, a practice with an exciting portfolio of completed and live projects across a multiplicity of sectors in the UK and internationally .

In January, Trevor spoke at our roundtable on the future of retail and culture/entertainment in London, illustrating his vision with the examples of SPPARC projects at Olympia and Borough Yards. As an architect, Trevor has a keen understanding of the importance of preserving the history of a place, while sensitively crafting new developments for sustainability.

Other master planning projects to watch in London include the Principal Place master plan from Foster + Partners, a comprehensively planned mixed-use scheme on the border of Shoreditch and the City of London, that creates a new neighbourhood, drawing on the rich industrial heritage of the area.

In addition, Shepherd Robson's master planning designs for Chrisp Street in London's E14, is community focussed with a mixed-use project (for Poplar HARCA and Telford Homes) that aims to re-invigorate Chrisp Street Market. The design draws together a mix of residential , retail and cultural facilities positions around improved and enlarged public spaces. The project will complete in 2022 and follows a proper consultation process.

Meanwhile the Mayor of London's Assembly has been supporting London boroughs to develop heat maps, helping to create twelve energy masterplans for different areas of London.

The idea is that London will have a sustainable, secure , cost-effective and low carbon energy supply. Plans have also been developed to look at energy supply and demand alongside the potential for district heating and combined heat and power.

The Assembly estimates that the plans along with its low carbon projects will catalyse a £5.7 billion investment between now and 2025.

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