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Architecture on the Thames East - guest speaker Richard Lavington

16 July 18:30 - 21:15
Organized by: Open House Tours
Greenwich Pier
Cutty Sark Gardens
SE10 9HT

Some of London’s best architects are transforming the East End’s historic industrial landscape into the quintessential place to live and work in the 21st Century’s self-styled global capital. And despite the proliferations of icons across the city, including in the east – from the wild red tangle of the Orbit Tower to the sperm-whale bulk of the Aquatics Centre – it is housing, much of it ‘affordable’, some even built by local authorities - that is transforming the ‘feel’ of London today.


You’ll get a sense of this change during this afternoon journey down the River Thames, which starts in Greenwich and heads out towards Dartford Crossing and back, providing a special focus on the housing of the eastern Thames in the process.Richard Lavington, founding director of Maccreanor Lavington Architects will join our regular guide Benedict O'Looney, an architect and teacher famed for his thoughtful commentary on all aspects of London’s architecture.

Richard has been at the forefront of housing and neighbourhood design for the best part of thirty years. As well as designing the first council housing in London built for decades (for Barking Council in 2010) he has been appointed as one of the Mayor's Design Advocates. Richard’s architectural formula is the envy of his peers: the housing his studio has designed in recent years, which rekindles London’s love affair with the humble stock brick, is popular with both architects and the public.


Maccreanor Lavington revels in detail and is widely admired for the rigorous design approach it brings to it commissions whether housing, public buildings or the regeneration of town centres and former industrial zones.

Richard will focus on Maccreanor Lavington's projects along the eastern Thames including Barrier Park Phase 2 & 5, Great Eastern Quays, a mixed-use masterplan for a six hectare site that forms part of the Albert Basin and where the riverfront has been designed as a semi-wild landscape with expansive views along the river towards the Thames estuary. 


Departing and returning to Greenwich Pier. Duration 2.45hrs. Regretfully no children under 7. Booked for capacity of the inside covered deck in case of rain.


Pre-order ticket with Pimm's also available. 


GROUP DISCOUNT CODE: Enter GROUP at the checkout on purchases of 3 or more tickets to receive a 15% discount