Panel of experts for London development schemes announced

A panel of experts has been appointed to advise the Mayor of London Boris Johnson on major development schemes in the capital, with the aim of promoting the highest quality of architecture and urban design in high profile regeneration projects.

The Mayor’s Design Advisory Group, comprised of experts from heritage, architecture, housing and design bodies, has been relaunched to play a significant role in shaping future developments which fall under the Mayor’s responsibility through his regeneration, planning, housing and land powers.

Experts including architect Sir Terry Farrell, Tate Modern Council member Stephen Witherford and Peter Murray, chairman of New London Architecture, will advise on ensuring housing and design standards and the development of London’s public realm, while advising the Mayor on how to secure the best results on new developments through procurement.

The group will focus on schemes led by the Greater London Authority and Transport for London, in particular it will be asked to comment on major investment programmes driven by funding from the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund and the Outer London Fund.

‘London is an ever changing city. With the enormous potential of regeneration being unlocked across the capital, we must promote architecture and design of the highest possible standard,’ said Johnson.

‘The advisory group will be instrumental in shaping not only a London wide design strategy, but also advising on key planning decisions which have a direct impact on our high streets, public places and neighbourhoods across the boroughs,’ he added.

The Mayor’s Design Advisory Group will be chaired by Fiona Fletcher-Smith, the Mayor’s executive director of development and enterprise. It will meet up to four times each year, with the Mayor chairing at least one meeting.