shedkm’s Hazel Rounding has chaired the NLA Public Realm expert panel for the entirety of its two year cycle. She led the panel of 15 to discuss safety, diversity and wellbeing in the public realm and to form guidance on best practice in placemaking through public places. The aim of the group was to provide thought-leadership, inform NLA’s events and respond to new policies – all with the collective goal of informing the New London Agenda, which has launched this week.
The New London Agenda demonstrates best practice in city-making, featuring direct contributions from over 400 people across public, private and charitable sectors and from the expert panels.
The Agenda sets out a framework for the industry to apply to projects of all scales and sizes, presenting how the built environment can be a key and intentional player in supporting London’s transition to a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous city, as London enters a new 30-year development cycle.
Hazel said: “It’s been an honour to contribute to the New London Agenda through my position as chair on NLA’s expert panel. We worked closely together over the years to give emphasis to public realm within the built environment – highlighting its crucial place in every single development as the glue to urban life and a platform for economic recovery. There is a larger than ever aspiration and expectation of public realm from society; all of which requires an integrated funding and delivery model and equitable future. As a panel we reflected this in our white paper and we are delighted that our findings have contributed to the freshly launched New London Agenda.”
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