London 2013 Steering Committee Meets to Plan Strategy

Tuesday 4th December 2012

Thirty members of the London 2013 Steering Committee, representing developers and a wide range of industry disciplines, met Dec. 4 in the offices of British Land to discuss themes and strategies for the upcoming conference.

It was the second formal meeting for the Steering Committee, which has been working on the project since the first full meeting in May.

The London conference, “Height and Heritage, The Unique Challenges of Building Tall in Historic Cities,” will bring together experts from around the world to focus on the issues of developing culturally sensitive, efficient and sustainable tall building projects in historic cities.

The Steering Committee meeting was chaired by Steve Watts of Davis Langdon London and Antony Wood of CTBUH.

“It was a productive meeting, driven by a wealth of expertise and experience in the room,” Mr. Watts said.

The London skyline is changing dramatically with the addition of multiple new skyscrapers

London 2013 Steering Committee meets in the offices of Diamond Sponsor British Land
Discussions focused on different themes for panels and potential featured speakers, as well as venues for various social networking events during the conference. Given the conference themes, an emphasis was placed on finding social networking venues with a historic flair or significance to the London skyline. (Shortly after the meeting, The Shard was confirmed as a venue for one of the conference’s networking receptions.)

Talks also centered on buildings appropriate for technical tours during the conference, traditionally one of the most popular activities during CTBUH conferences. Representatives also discussed plans to attract additional sponsors and media partners.

Members agreed on several initiatives, including an understanding that the conference should also embrace “heritage that is tall,” rather than simply highlighting tall buildings in a historic environment.
Steering Committee Meeting Attendees:

Chairs: Steve Watts
AECOM / Davis Langdon

Antony Wood
Attendees: Bart Akkerhuis
Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Lenny Alexander
Thornton Tomasetti

Azhar Conran and Partners

Stefano Cammelli
BMT Fluid Mechanics Limited

Karen Cook PLP Architecture

Alan Davidson Hayes Davidson

Cecily Davis DLA Piper

Ceri Edwards Redwood Consulting - Oxford Properties

Hilary Forrester British Land

Adrian Godwin Lerch Bates Europe

Simon Healey MACE Group

Kent Jackson Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP

Andy Keelin Buro Happold

Bob Lang Arup

Simon Lay

Nick Lewin
Paragon Brokers

Steve McGuckin
Turner & Townsend plc

Kamran Moazami
WSP Cantor Seinuk

William Murray

Peter Rees City of London

Stephan Reinke Stephan Reinke Architects Limited

Simon Russett Hoare Lea

David Scott Laing O'Rourke Plc

Santeri Suoranta

Vince Ugarow
Hilson Moran

Chris Wilkinson
Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Albert Williamson-Taylor

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