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Chelsea put new stadium on hold

Chelsea FC have put their plans for a new stadium on hold, the club has said.

The plans for the Herzog & de Meuron designed stadium (pictured) were approved in January 2017, and would hae delivered a 60,000 seat stadium, some 50% bigger than the present one, involving decking over the District Line to the north-west and the Southern rail line to the east.

There would also have been a a £3.75m contribution to offsite affordable housing, as well as improved local leisure, recreation and sporting facilities.

A terse statement from the club said: “Chelsea Football Club announces today that it has put its new stadium project on hold. No further pre-construction design and planning work will occur. The club does not have a time frame set for reconsideration of its decision. The decision was made due to the current unfavourable investment climate.”

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Terra Firma look at Quintain

Terra Firma are among those looking at a bid for Quintain, it is reported.

Quintain were reported to be for sale earlier in 2018, with current american owner Lone Star said to be looking to reduce their UK exposure ahead of the country leaving the EU.

Now Sky News reports Terra Firma, Guy Hands’ inestment vehicle, is looking at making a bid through its Annington subsidiary, which owns a substantial amount of former MoD residential property which it rents back to the armed forces.

There is a clear synergy between Annington’s activity and the build-to-rent strategy Quintain have been following at Wembley Park.

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OPDC pick Place Review Group

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) have appointed a number of leading industry figures to their independent OPDC Place Review Group.

The new panel member appointments follow an open invitation for applications and aim to strengthen the expertise the panel provides to OPDC as the Mayoral Development Corporation continue to deliver the UK’s largest regeneration project.

OPDC is leading the development and regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal, which is one of Europe’s largest regeneration opportunities, with potential for 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs. A High Speed 2 and Elizabeth line (formerly Crossrail) interchange, due to open in 2026, aims to transform one of the most inaccessible parts of London into a well-connected, world-class transport hub, handling 250,000 passengers a day.

OPDC seeks to maximise the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of investment in transport infrastructure to create an “exemplar new sustainable neighbourhood, delivering housing and commercial development, creating opportunities for local people and driving innovation and growth in London and the UK”.

The Place Review Group, now managed by Frame Projects on behalf of OPDC, will review and provide independent advice to OPDC on a range of planning applications, masterplans and other projects within Old Oak and Park Royal. The Group will provide advice to the OPDC Planning Committee and OPDC Board.

Peter Bishop, Professor of Urban Design at UCL and Director at Allies and Morrison, who has been appointed Panel Chair. Peter held senior planning roles in central London boroughs for 25 years, working on major projects such as the King’s Cross railway lands development. He was the first Director of Design for London, and Deputy Chief Executive at the London Development Agency where he worked on the London Olympic Legacy Plans.

The Place Review Group will operate in accordance with the 10 design review principles jointly agreed by Design Council CABE, the Landscape Institute, RTPI and RIBA.

Liz Peace CBE, Chairman of OPDC said: “ODPC has set ambitious design standards for development in its area in our Draft Local Plan, and the Place Review Group provides independent expert advice to support OPDC in achieving these aims. We are delighted that Frame have come on board and refreshed the panel, as this group of experts will advise on all aspects of design quality, and ensure new development strengthens and enhances the quality of new and existing places across Old Oak and Park Royal.”

Peter Bishop, Chair of the OPDC Place Review Group said: “Old Oak Common will be the most important new development opportunity in London since the Olympics at Stratford. Situated on the interchange between Crossrail and High Speed 2, with proximity to central London and Heathrow, its potential is enormous. But this area has huge design challenges. The role of the panel will be to assist the OPDC to design an exemplary new piece of London, a place that builds on its history and its existing communities to be a location of choice for people to work, live and visit. Old Oak Common should aspire to be the next London paradigm that sets the standards for the future.”

OPDC has also asked Frame Projects to recruit “passionate local people” to join a new Community Review Group, which will sit alongside the Place Review Group, to provide comments on development plans in the area for consideration by OPDC Planning Committee and OPDC Board. Recruitment for the new Community Review Group is expected to go live from the middle of June 2018.

Full list of OPDC Panel members:

  • Peter Bishop (chair)             UCL / Allies and Morrison
  • Adam Brown                       Landolt + Brown
  • Adriana Marques                 Peabody
  • Andrew Thornhill                  Churchman Landscape Architects
  • Anthony Hollingsworth         London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Beth Kay                             London Borough of Haringey
  • Biba Dow                            Dow Jones Architects
  • David Bonnett                     David Bonnett Associates
  • David Lyndon                      Lyndon Goode Architects
  • Gillian Horn                         Penoyre & Prasad
  • Graeme Sutherland             Adams & Sutherland
  • Hanif Kara                           akt II
  • Karen Scurlock                   Karakusevic Carson Architects
  • Linda Thiel                          White Arkitekter
  • Paul Monaghan                   AHMM
  • Philip Marsh                        dRMM
  • Richard de Cani                   Arup
  • Robin Nicholson                  Cullinan Studio
  • Roger Hawkins                    Hawkins\Brown
  • Sowmya Parthasarathy        Arup
  • Vincent Lacovara                 London Borough of Croydon
  • Will Durden                         Momentum Transport Consultancy
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Nestle plan gets Mayoral nod

The Mayor of London has waved through SEGRO and Barratt’s plan for a mixed use industrial and residential scheme on the site of the former Nestle factory in Hayes.

Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, has written to Hillingdon Council to say that the Mayor is content to allow Hillingdon to determine the application.

Hillingdon Council approved the plans in December.

SEGRO is responsible for the industrial element and Barratt London will be responsible for delivering the homes and community space on the site alongside the railway at Hayes.

The former Nestle factory that once produced chocolate and coffee, is a feature of the local community and the developers say the proposed plans have been designed to honour the heritage of the site. There are three hectares of new public spaces, including a public plaza at the heart of the development, named after Eugen Sandow, the man who built the factory in 1913.

The scheme will also deliver other benefits, ranging from a 1.3 km public trim trail to a redeveloped canal frontage, to a coffee shop in the Canteen building. There will also be improvements made to the local road junctions including the Bulls Bridge Roundabout.

The development will bring employment to the area. SEGRO say 350 jobs will be created during the construction phase, and around 500 permanent jobs created by the employment space.

Working with Brunel University and Uxbridge College, SEGRO and Barratt London will deliver skills training packages to ensure that the local people are ready to apply for the jobs generated by the scheme.

A new supply chain initiative will also be developed to ensure that the smaller businesses and enterprises in and around Hillingdon will be able to compete for construction contracts.

The 30 acre site, which SEGRO acquired in 2015, is close to Heathrow and the M4. Hayes and Harlington railway station will become a Crossrail station in 2019.

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Hammersmith Summer Festival launches programme

HammersmithLondon – the Business Improvement District for Hammersmith town centre – has launched its Summer Festival programme for 2018.

The programme has run for a number of years, and has successfully increased footfall for the daytime and nighttime economies.

The award-winning festival celebrates its 10th year with a packed programme of live theatrical performances, sport and opera on the Big Screen, outdoor fitness classes and events promoting culture, safety and security and encouraging sustainable living.

HammersmithLondon and Lyric Hammersmith join forces once again to host Lyric Fest – a three-day event taking place 29 June -1 July. The Festival coincides with ArtsFest, and as part of this Tales of Joy, a new piece of live theatre will premiere in Lyric Square on Saturday 9 July.

The popular big screen in Lyric square will show a blend of movies – including a special outdoor screening of the “The Greatest Showman – Sing Along!” – and sports such as live action and highlights from Wimbledon and the Tour de France. This year sees the launch of Hammersmith TV with features on Hammersmith life and interviews with the people that make up the diverse culture and personality of the town.

There are also evenings of live opera beamed directly from the Royal Opera House, ping pong tables, picnic tables and deckchairs, and free outdoor fitness classes.

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Barnet confirms leader

At Barnet Council’s Annual Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius was confirmed as Barnet Council’s Leader for the next four years, with Councillor Daniel Thomas as Deputy Leader.

Council Leader, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “I am extremely proud to continue as the leader of Barnet Council. Like all local authorities, we face a great many challenges. I very much look forward to carrying on with the hard work the council is already doing to meet those challenges, and to ensure Barnet remains a fantastic place to live for our residents.”

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West London high in university rankings

West London’s universities have made a good showing in the rankings table published by The Guardian.

Imperial College is seventh overall, while University of West London moved up eight places to 50th, and Brunel University climbed 14 places to 58th. Middlesex University is in 112th place.

​The Guardian rankings are a widely used guide to selecting an undergraduate course. They rank institutions by a variety of measures including student satisfaction, value-added, and career prospects.

Professor Peter John, UWL Vice-Chancellor said: “We are delighted to achieve our highest ever ranking with these latest, excellent results which underline UWL’s consistently strong performance in realising our mission to provide students with a high quality, career-focused education which delivers life-changing career opportunities.”


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Ealing confirms cabinet

Julian Bell stays as leader of Ealing Council, as the new cabinet is announced.

The council’s new cabinet was announced at the first full council meeting following the local elections. The team of nine councillors who will form the cabinet, the council’s main decision making body, include Cllr Julian Bell, leader and executive member for regeneration and transport; Cllr Yvonne Johnson, deputy leader and member for schools and childrens’ services; Cllr Bassam Mahfouz, finance and leisure; Cllr Jasbir Anand, business and community services; Cllr Peter Mason, housing, planning and transformation; and Cllr Mik Sabiers, environment and highways.

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Office Group takes more on Lyric Square

The Office Group has taken the remaining space at One Lyric Square, meaning it it now the sole tenant in the Schroder owned building.

The 40,000 sq ft deal, added to the 61,000 sq ft deal already agreed in 2017, means the flexible office space provider will occupy the whole building when its current refurbishment is complete in summer 2018.

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New leader for Harrow

Labour Councillor Graham Henson has been confirmed as the new Leader of Harrow Council.

The Annual Meeting of the council in the Civic Centre confirmed the choice of Cllr Henson, a councillor for the past 12 years for Roxbourne ward, in south Harrow. He has previously served as Harrow’s portfolio holder for environment as well as various back office functions.

Cllr Henson said: “My vision for Harrow is not just for bins collected, streets cleaned, roads and verges maintained. It’s for a place that all residents can feel proud of, where they can feel safe and where they want to live. It’s for a council with a strong reputation for delivering services well and supporting those who are struggling. I want them to know that their council will try to help the very best it can.

“I am truly honoured and privileged to have the opportunity as Leader to work with the fine group of councillors in this chamber, and especially the young councillors joining us for the first time tonight. There is huge talent in this council, and we pledge to work together, along with our partners – to be resolute and determined in the face of those who wish to attack and harm our borough; to be totally honest about the financial challenges that are thrust upon us every year; and to make sure that fairness will underpin every decision we take.”

Cllr Henson has appointed a new cabinet, including Keith Ferry as Deputy Leader of the Council and Regeneration, Planning & Employment Portfolio Holder, and Cllr Phil O’Dell’s as Housing Portfolio Holder.

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Heathrow Hub makes complaint

Heathrow Hub, the independent proposal to expand Heathrow Airport via an Extended Northern Runway, has formally complained to the Competition and Markets Authority about the behaviour of Heathrow Airport  regarding airport expansion.

The complaint, submitted on Heathrow Hub’s behalf by its legal advisers DAC Beachcroft, contends that Heathrow Airport has abused its dominant market position as the nation’s only hub airport by effectively and unfairly vetoing the extended northern runway (ENR) plan. Heathrow Hub say Heathrow Airport declined to provide the necessary written guarantee that, if selected by Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, it would work on standard commercial terms with Heathrow Hub to implement the concept.

Heathrow Hub claims the consequences of Heathrow’s actions are that consumers and airlines will have to fund the what they say are higher costs of Heathrow Airport’s “complex and risky” third runway scheme, and wait longer for the benefits of expansion than if the Heathrow Hub scheme had been chosen.

The remedy sought by Heathrow Hub is that the CMA requests Heathrow Airport provide a guarantee or, failing that, the CMA conducts a formal investigation into Heathrow’s behaviour, using its powers under the 1998 Competition Act.

Jock Lowe, director of Heathrow Hub, said: “Our scheme is cheaper, quicker, quieter and easier to build than the 3rd Runway. After years of trying to work co-operatively with Heathrow Airport and the Department for Transport, we have decided it is time to take the gloves off.

“The consequence of Heathrow’s veto and the flawed process run by the DFT is that consumers and airlines are being saddled with its unnecessarily complex, noisy and expensive 3rd Runway which will take years to build.

“We hope the CMA will inject some rigour and common sense into the process so that this vital piece of national infrastructure can be delivered quickly and cheaply while taking account of the important environmental impacts on local communities.”

Parliament is due to vote on Heathrow expansion in the summer. Heathrow Hub says it has submitted a revised draft National Policy Statement to the Department for Transport so its scheme could be implemented.

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Harpley heads for GLA

Hounslow Council’s Chief Executive, Mary Harpley, is to move to the Greater London Authority to become its Chief Officer.

Harpley has been CEO at Hounslow for seven years, and will move to the GLA in September 2018. As Chief Officer, Mary will act as the GLA’s statutory Head of Paid Service and becomes the first woman to lead the GLA staff as its most senior officer. She replaces Jeff Jacobs, who has retired as Head of Paid Service after serving seven years in the role.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “I congratulate Mary on her appointment to this exciting role.

“Mary has worked with (members) to deliver two ambitious Corporate Plans which between them have secured significant improvements, including: huge improvements in the quality of our adults’ and children’s services; excellent collaborative work with schools to secure new school places, and good and outstanding judgements in our primary schools; our delivery of Council/social housing; on-the-ground delivery of our regeneration ambitions in Hounslow and Brentford town centres; our very close working with colleagues in health, particularly our GP colleagues in Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group and our colleagues at West Middlesex Hospital; our reshaping of the Council in light of cuts to our grants from central Government; and our preparation for our move early next year to Hounslow House and the positive changes that will bring. Mary has also been instrumental in the creation of our trading companies and the service improvements which have already come from these.”


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Business calls for urgent Heathrow vote

The leaders of business groups representing over half a million employers across the UK have called on the govenrnment tohold a vote on the future of Heathrow as soon as possible.

The leaders of the CBI,  British Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors, Federation of Small Businesses, the EEF, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and London First have sent a letter to the Prime Minister urging her to table a vote on Heathrow expansion.

The letter sets out ho the organisations continue to support the expansion of Heathrow. On the 50th anniversary of the Roskill Commission – the first set up by a government to look at airport expansion in the south-east – they say that half a century later, “the need to get on with expanding the UK’s airport capacity is more urgent than ever”. They say as Brexit approaches, Heathrow expansion is crucial to making sure the UK remains “an outward looking trading nation and is well-equipped to compete on the world stage”.

They say Frankfurt, Schiphol and Charles de Gaulle airports are pulling ahead at the UK’s expense as the major port in the country is constrained forcing global investors and trade to go elsewhere in Europe.

They say that there are many unknowns for businesses surrounding Britain’s future trading arrangements, but “what is absolutely certain is that our economic success depends on securing Heathrow’s future as a leading international airport”.

They say if Heathrow isn’t expanded, with cargo capacity on key export routes to pivotal trading markets such as Shanghai, Delhi and Dubai virtually full, that over time British businesses will be denied the increased cargo capacity and long-haul routes they need.

They conclude: “If we don’t do this now after decades of debate, Britain will not become the global trading powerhouse we know it can be. We therefore urge the Government to crack on with the vote on Heathrow expansion as soon as possible. Doing so will unlock the crucial new infrastructure for Britain to secure a strong economy – with trade, growth and skills – at such a critical time for businesses across the UK”.


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Hounslow confirms cabinet

Councillor Steve Curran is to remain as leader of Hounslow Council following the council’s first meeting after the local elections.

Cllr Curran, ward member for Syon, was confirmed as the Leader of Hounslow Council for the next four years, and also retains the portfolio covering Corporate Strategy, Planning and Regeneration.

Councillor Lily Bath, Heston West ward, was appointed Deputy Leader, and Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Inclusion.

Speaking about priorities for the next four years, Councillor Curran told the Borough Councillors, council staff and guests that his Cabinet would “champion unity and service for the people of Hounslow”.

He said: “Mine will be a leadership for change, and my Cabinet will be a leadership for delivery. Together, we will deliver what our people need and want, and serve the people of Hounslow.”

Cllr Curran highlighted some of the key aims for this new term, including creating 400 apprenticeships and helping young people into work, and securing 3000 social rented homes and building more council homes.

He also ruled out any building on green belt land.

The new cabinet also includes Councillor Shantanu Rajawat – for Finance and Corporate Services; Councillor Katherine Dunne – for Communities and Workforce; Councillor Hanif Khan – for Transport and Corporate Property
and Councillor Guy Lambert – for Highways, Recycling and Companies.

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Transport Secretary challenges industry to balance expansion costs

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has challenged the aviation industry to develop solutions for expansion that provide value for money and benefit passengers.

In a speech to industry, the Transport Secretary set the standards for how Heathrow should collaborate with airlines on the costs and design of a third runway.

He reinforced his commitment to ensuring that the interests of current and future passengers are at the heart of any expansion at Heathrow.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “It’s important that airport expansion works for consumers and I want the interests of current and future airport users to shape the plans.

“It remains one of my fundamental priorities to deliver the ambition I set in 2016 – to keep airport charges as close as possible to current levels – so price increases are not passed on to airlines, and ultimately consumers.”

Grayling called on the aviation industry to make sure that plans for expansion are cost-efficient, sustainable and bring real benefits for passengers, saying that Heathrow’s customers should not pay for a ‘gold plated’ solution, and that the expansion of the airport should provide value for money to every party.

The government has launched a new commission for the independent aviation regulator, the CAA, to oversee engagement between Heathrow and airlines on a new runway. The Government says these discussions will start in summer and, if Heathrow’s expansion plans proceed, will continue until the submission of a formal planning application by the airport.

The CAA will champion the interests of consumers during industry discussions and provide regular updates to government on Heathrow’s engagement with airlines and how passengers are set to benefit.

Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, said: “Airlines support expansion at Heathrow as it’s best placed to deliver the biggest gains to passengers and the wider economy. We’re pleased that the Secretary of State is responding to airline concerns about the need to make expansion affordable for consumers.

“He is right to say that it is customers who must stand to gain from what is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform our aviation connectivity. Expansion is paid for not by Heathrow but by airline customers in the form of charges and Heathrow must not increase these to pay for a disproportionately expensive scheme.

“Airlines are committed to working constructively with Heathrow and the CAA during this process.”

The new standards will also mean that the formal invitation to help shape plans will be open to all airlines, not just those who already have slots at the airport. This, hopes the government, will widen the discussion and ensure that all passenger views are represented.

The new process will also involve industry experts comparing Heathrow expansion plans with other international airports and major infrastructure projects.

The Transport Secretary also urged airlines to back expansion at Heathrow because of the economic and regional benefits it will bring to help the UK prosper.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “A thriving and successful aviation sector is fundamental to our modern economy. But our main hub airport is now full and expansion is long overdue. Let’s get out there and make the case and deliver for the benefit of the whole country”.

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Mayor welcomes “threshold” judgement

The Mayor of London’s Office has welcomed a judgment handed down by the High Court that has backed the Mayor’s ‘threshold’ approach to affordable housing.

Following a legal challenge by four retirement homes developers, the court ruled that the Mayor’s threshold approach, which allows developments to be fast tracked through the planning system where they provide at least 35 per cent affordable housing, is consistent with the adopted London Plan.

The judge rejected claims by McCarthy and Stone, Pegasus Life, Churchill Retirement Living and Renaissance Retirement that this policy, contained within the Mayor’s Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) on Affordable Housing and Viability, would fail to secure the maximum reasonable level of affordable housing.

Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Skills and Regeneration, said; “Tackling the capital’s housing crisis is the Mayor’s top priority and this ruling is an important moment for thousands of Londoners who are desperate for genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy.

“Our guidance sets out a clear approach that makes the planning system in London clearer, quicker and more consistent. I am pleased that the Judge has backed this approach which will help us to turn around years of neglect when it comes to building the homes Londoners so desperately need.”

The Mayor’s Draft London Plan includes the same requirements on reviews as the SPG. The judgment confirms that this has weight as it is an emerging plan.

The judgment also rejected the claims of the retirement homes developers that the guidance should have been the subject of Strategic Environmental Assessment and found that the claims that the Mayor had failed to have due regard to his duties under the public sector equality duty of the Equality Act 2010 were unarguable.

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John Lewis commit to Brent Cross £1.4bn redevelopment

The joint owners of Brent Cross, Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Investments, have signed a new agreement for lease with John Lewis to redevelop its department store as part of the huge retail centre’s £1.4 billion redevelopment.

Having been present in Brent Cross since the centre opened in 1976, the department store will undergo a full refurbishment as part of the plans and Brent Cross will remain open as usual throughout the development programme.

The store will include an enhanced retail layout to create a more contemporary shopping experience for customers and showcase its latest shop design. It will benefit from direct access to a brand new 1,450 space car park, which will also support the brand’s growing click and collect offer.

A statement said: “This latest milestone underpins Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Investments’ plans to transform Brent Cross by doubling the size of the existing centre to 2 million sq ft of retail and leisure space. This will include up to 150 new retail stores and 50 new restaurants, state of the art leisure and cinema offer, hotel accommodation and improved public spaces including a new town square.

“Last month, it was also announced that Brent Cross has secured National Amusements’ luxury cinema brand, Showcase Cinema de Lux, to anchor the new leisure offer, to complement the impressive retail offer anchored by John Lewis. Brent Cross is set to be the cinema’s first location in London and is the first leisure brand to be announced.”

Robin Dobson, Director Retail Development at Hammerson, said: “John Lewis has been at Brent Cross for over 40 years and with this new agreement we look forward to the next 40 years as we double the size of this iconic London landmark.”

James Stevens, Head of UK Development at Aberdeen Standard Investments, said: “The combined attractions of John Lewis and Brent Cross have set customer service standards for four decades already. The impending investment and major transformation of both will deliver a whole new sense of excitement and continue to surpass visitors’ expectations.”

Tim Harrison, Director, Store Design and Development, John Lewis said: “We’re delighted to have signed a new lease with Hammerson and Aberdeen Standard Investments and are excited to be embarking on a full refurbishment of our Brent Cross shop.”

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Kidzania launches engineering festival

KidZania London has teamed up with the government’s Year of Engineering campaign to launch a programme of events and activities designed to inspire a new generation of innovators, inventors and problem solvers.

The Year of Engineering festival will run at KidZania, at Westfield London, from May through to September 2018.

The Year of Engineering is all about transforming perceptions of engineering among children, their parents and teachers by bringing them inspiring experiences and role models, showing young people that engineering is a varied, creative career which shapes the world around us. Engineering is one of the most productive sectors in our economy, generating 25% of total UK GDP, but the industry faces a major skills gap and lack of diversity – the engineering workforce is 91% male and 94% white.

The Year of Engineering festival at KidZania will see a host of new and enhanced activities to support the campaign and learning criteria of pupils in key stage 1–3.

For schools, the festival will launch on 23 May, to coincide with KidZania’s Step Into University event, followed by the city’s STEM Fair from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 June and STEAM Fair taking place on Friday 21 September.

Eddie Kemsley, CEO at KidZania London, comments: “Inspiring the next generation of engineering minds is such an important task and what better way to motivate them than through providing real life experiences that they can engage and interact with

“Not enough young people – especially young girls – think engineering is a world for them, let alone a potential career path. We’re looking forward to working with the Year of Engineering alongside some truly fantastic brand and charity partners to make the subject more accessible and demonstrate engineering as exciting, rewarding and creative.”

Year of Engineering Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “Children are natural engineers, from their creativity to questioning how things work. But outdated perceptions mean that too many young people are missing out on a career that brings so much opportunity

“Engineering is everywhere you look, from helping people with disabilities to sending satellites to space and putting the bubbles into bars of chocolate. The KidZania Year of Engineering Festival will help bring this to life, showing young people from all backgrounds how they could shape the world around them as an engineer.”

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Capital West London to be unveiled at LREF

Hundreds of investors will hear more about Capital West London when the ground-breaking partnership goes live at the London Real Estate Forum (LREF) as the new website is unveiled.

The brainchild of the West London Alliance, Capital West London is an innovative new long-term programme which will help to guarantee the future economic prosperity of the sub-region – defined by the boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow.

Members of the team will be hosting a stand at LREF, the capital’s premier real estate event, held on 13-14 June at Berkeley Square, showcasing West London’s key assets and outlining the exciting opportunities available across the sub-region.

The Capital West London programme will be centre-stage in the conference hall at midday on Wednesday 13 June. “West London: Collaboration and the commercial story” will include: Cllr Julian Bell, Leader, LB Ealing; Emma Hindes, General Manager, Westfield; Karen Mercer, Project Director (Brent Cross), LB Barnet; Peter Elliott, Senior Property Development Manager, Transport for London and Chris Walters, Head of Development, London & Partners.

The following day a development briefing will be held on the Capital West London stand, detailing the plans for the West London Orbital, that has recently been included in the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy and London Plan.

The briefing will be followed by a reception, giving attendees another chance to meet West London’s key players and talk more about the programme and the plans for the future.

As well as the new website, a Capital West London prospectus will be published outlining some of the exciting developments that are helping to transform West London.


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