London Development Agency deputy chief executive Peter Bishop has revealed he will leave his post at the end of month and also confirmed that Design for London has been saved
Bishop – who ran Design for London before he was appointed group director of design, development and environment at the LDA – opted for redundancy in September last year.
‘The LDA is being wound up in a year’s time,’ he said. ‘I made a decision that it’s time for me to move on and do other things.’
Bishop said he was keen to safeguard the transfer of Design for London (DfL) over to the Greater London Authority (GLA) prior to his departure.
The core DfL team, understood to be seven workers, will move to a new home at the GLA this summer.
There DfL will become part of a new housing regeneration department and will be responsible for maximising the value of land assets which will be transferred from LDA to the GLA.
Bishop explained: ‘The regeneration part of the London Development Agency would transfer to the Greater London Authority along with the London branch of the Homes and Communities Agency to become a new housing regeneration department.’
Work on the London Great Outdoors programme – the Olympics Fringe projects, the redevelopment of the Royal Docks and the ‘Green Grid’ – will continue said Bishop. ‘With seven staff, Design for London is still the largest public sector architects office in the UK,’ he added.
However, architects working directly for the mayor would be long off way from ‘Greater London Council Architects Department days,’ claimed Bishop. He said: ‘It will be a more elite DfL, spotting opportunities and linking people together.’