GL Hearn’s idea for London to create a MegaPlan for a MegaCity is shortlisted for award

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24 September 2015

GL Hearn has been shortlisted in the New London Architecture (NLA) New Ideas for Housing competition.

NLA, the capital’s built environment think-tank, created the competition to help solve London’s housing crisis and provide a blueprint for 21st century city living. A number of ideas have emerged from floating houses to maximising brownfield land, with a view to innovatively boost land supply to house Londoners. The competition drew over 200 entries from 16 countries from across the globe.

GL Hearn’s entry led by Roland Brass, titled ‘London 2050 – A MegaPlan for a MegaCity’ looks at a fresh way to tackle the issue of housing delivery. The concept is to create an ambitious Mega Plan to match the ambition of London as a future Mega City, as the population is forecast to exceed ten million within the next 20 years.

The ‘up before out’ principle remains the priority and a key feature of this Mega Planning approach is to maximise the potential contribution of Edge Land (up to the M25) to provide a long-term strategy to anticipate continued demand up to 2050. This approach would be underpinned by a strategic Green Belt review, to positively plan for a sustainable pattern of growth, as well as protection, focused around Mega Parkland and Mega Activity Corridors.

All shortlisted entries (including GL Hearn’s) will be on display in a free public exhibition at the NLA from the 15th October, with the 10 winning ideas being announced on 14th October. Winners will be able to put forward ideas to the Mayor and will be invited to join the Greater London Authority working group to examine how the solutions can be applied in reality.

The work is one of the key outputs of GL Hearn’s London Strategy introduced in 2014. For further information, contact Roland Brass, James Cook or Shaun Andrews at GL Hearn.

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