The Bartlett School of Planning


BSP London Planning Seminar: King’s Cross Railway Lands - a Saga of Urban Regeneration

26 February 2019, 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

Peter Bishop

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Room G.01, Central House
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
United Kingdom

With the recent completion of the Coal Drops Yard shopping centre, one of London’s largest regeneration schemes is nearing completion. Peter Bishop was the Director of Planning at LB Camden during the gestation of this project and has chronicled the lengthy and complex process through which local community and political forces impacted upon the transformation of the area. This is an opportunity to hear the saga at first hand, discuss the issues which emerged and discover lessons for future urban regeneration projects

About the Speaker

Professor Peter Bishop

Professor in Urban Design at University College London

Peter is a Professor of Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and a Director at Allies and Morrison Architects.

For 25 years he was a planning director at four different Central London Boroughs, and has worked on major projects at large and complex sites in the UK, including the Canary Wharf and King’s Cross.

In 2006 he was appointed as the first Director of Design for London, the Mayor’s architecture and design studio, and in 2008 served as the Deputy Chief Executive at the London Development Agency. In 2011 he carried out a policy on behalf of the Government, “The Bishop Review”, on ways in which the quality of design in the built environment may be improved. Recent projects include master planning frameworks for Old Oak Common (High Speed 2 interchange), the Palace of Westminster, and Ansan City Centre (Korea).

Peter lectures and teaches extensively, has been a design advisor to the Mayors of London, Bucharest and Zhuhai and on the Sochi Winter Olympics Legacy project and Central Dallas regeneration. He is an honorary fellow of University College London, an honorary fellow of the RIBA, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Kingston and is Distinguished Visiting Scholar at UTS Sydney.

His book, “The Temporary City”, explores the origins of current thinking on temporary urbanism (Routledge 2012). He also examined the political processes behind major developments in his more recent book “Planning, Politics and City Making - a case study of King’s Cross” (RIBA Publishing 2016).

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