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Open House 2012: The AJ's highlights

Engineering, landscape design, East London regeneration and Green design are all programme highlights in Open House London 2012

Engineering

The Open House engineering programme, supported by the Institution of Civil Engineers, showcases the vital role of civil engineers in building, maintaining and transforming the capital’s infrastructure and built environment.
 
Major transport projects on show include London Kings’ Cross Station, Emirates Airline Cable Car, Canary Wharf and Bond Street Crossrail Station construction sites. There is also a discussion of the proposed new airport for London on the ICE Hoo Peninsula boat tour.
 
Issues of water and waste are explored at Lee Tunnel and Beckton Sludge Power Generator, Crossness Engines House and Abbey Mills Pumping Station. And you can find out more about closed loop recycling at a state-of-the-art plastic bottle recycling facility in Dagenham and visit South East London Combined Heat and Power Plant (SELCHP).
 
ICE is hosting boat tours including Engineering East London, London’s Engineering Heritage I&II. Meanwhile the next generation of engineers will be presenting their work and projects at university departments across London – including Brunel, UCL and LSBU.
 
Landscape Design
 

Supported by the Landscape Institute, there are nearly 50 landscape projects in the programme this year. Each one is an example of how investment in landscapes is changing the face of London – socially, environmentally and economically.
 
From large-scale public realm projects to small-scale community-led ‘edible landscapes’, highlights include The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden and the transformation of Granary Square, Leicester Square and Exhibition Road.
 
 
East London Regeneration
 

Expert-led walks, events and openings look at the transformation of East London and the Lea Valley. Join environmental historian Dr Jim Clifford and regeneration expert Ralph Ward on their walk ‘Beyond the Olympic Park – the Lower Lea Valley from Hackney Wick to Leamouth.’
 
At the White Building, architects will be leading hourly tours on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and the London Legacy Development Corporation will be giving a slideshow on the legacy for the Park and surrounding communities after the Games. Planning experts will supply commentary for the Lower Lea Boat Tours (jointly hosted by ICE and London Legacy Development Corporation) around the perimeter of the Olympic Park.
 
Green design

Discover more about low carbon solutions through activities and open buildings. You will be able to see measures in action, speak to experts and find out how to implement eco changes in your own home.
 
Highlights include retrofit Bertram Street Low Energy Victorian Terrace where carbon emissions have been reduces by 77% - sustainable features include vacuum glazing, MVHR, solar thermal and PV. At Lend Lease’s HQ at 20 Triton Street, visit the green roof, which is home to London’s largest ‘insect hotel’ for a commercial building.

See Open House London for more information.

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