London is undergoing growth and development at a pace not seen since the Victorian era. Sir Terry Farrell, architect and London masterplanner, sees London as a global city and has been asked by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey to set up a review to take stock of architecture and the built environment in the UK.
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'We’d love to hear from readers about what sort of homes they really would like to live in, and how our existing ones can be improved'
“Everyone knows that the future of the UK is totally interlocked with the future of London, so connecting everywhere to London with good transport is crucial. Between 1970 and 2010, London’s transport has changed out of all recognition: The Jubilee and Victoria line extensions, Thames Link, DLR, the Overground. These are astonishing improvements compared to New York. It is not all about new things but coming to terms with old things and bringing it all together. We adapt well.”
Housing is crucial and the housing stock is critical. London needs to improve its exisiting housing stock and produce more well-built homes.
Farrell says: “We are so far behind countries such as Germany in bringing our housing stock up to existing energy standards. Also, currently there is no VAT on a new build but if you want to be energy efficient and refurbish an existing property, you will pay VAT. We need to look at that. We’d love to hear from readers about what sort of homes they really would like to live in, and how our existing ones can be improved.”
To contribute to the debate and have your say go to www.farrellreview.co.uk. Please reply before Friday July 19 at 5pm.