I was at the EG regeneration seminar yesterday. Half the day involved talks by the various speakers here's (some of) what they said:
Paul Evans, Director, UK Regeneration:
"UK Regeneration is keeping the flame of regeneration alive".
Brendan Jarvis, Barclays:
Introduced the phrase "colouring in" a new one on me, but it alludes to the kick-starting of regeneration by developing one scheme which will then provide the impetus for others to follow.
Julian Barwick, Director, DevSec:
"Measuring, managing and eliminating risk"
"It's the residential element that's going to make a mixed-use scheme work"
Anrew Stunell MP, Under Secretary of State:
"This parliament will finish with fewer rules and regulations than when we started"
John McCready, Head of Government Property Unity:
"The default answer to development will be yes".
Jackie Sadek, Chief Exec, UK Regeneration:
"The private sector has to be part of regeneration, it's time to step up to the plate"
The second half of the day was spent walking around the Paddington regeneration site itself:
Back end of the Travis Perkins site. Those facades aren't real:
It's easy sometimes to think that the Paddington development is done and dusted, but there's plenty left to do. Buildings like the one below have to go:
Although some of the old stock does have a certain charm:
As do some of the modern features:
But it wasn't all outdoors, we (including LRR's very own Daniel Smith) were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to wander at will around the almost complete Building 5 (aka The Carmine Building) guided by the architect himself Mike Mossessian:
What's the Carmine like inside? This is where a shed load of pictures come in handy: