Saxon Land secures City backing

The City Corporation has taken the unusual step of starting compulsory purchase proceedings

against a City leaseholder, to stop them holding up a major office redevelopment by Saxon Land

Soho House wins consent for Bank hotel

Plans to convert the former Midland Bank headquarters into a luxury hotel are set to go ahead, after the approval of an amended scheme for the listed 27-35 Poultry.

Stormy scenes over Queen’s Park plans

Angry boos and jeers greeted a decision to approve a scheme at Caird Street W10 which will see the redevelopment of the Jubilee Sports Centre.

Carey Street flats approved

A residential scheme at New Court, 48 Carey Street WC2 has been approved by members.

Council plans for Lisson Green approved

Westminster’s own, predominantly residential, scheme at 4 Lilestone Street, Mallory Street, Penn House, Bernhardt Crescent, Wycombe Gardens and Jerome Crescent NW8 has been approved by members.

FEATURE: Neighbourhood Planning – Keeping an eye on the ‘hoods’

Developers need to keep track of what neighbourhood forums are up to suggests Turley’s Will Linguard

Westminster faces challenges of global popularity

Loss of office space to residential was a constant theme at New London Architecture’s March conference which heard from Westminster City Council officers, developers and local landlords, in presentations shining a light on the pressures acting on the borough.

City must try harder on key issues

The City supply pipeline is too dominated by large, tall, impersonal buildings with big floorplates and occupiers are more footloose, choosing locations based on retaining talent, rather than traditional attitudes about the “right” location for their business.