Southwark Council has chosen the property conference mipim, starting today in Cannes, to market itself as the new 'centre' of London.
The borough has put together a glossy brochure headed 'The centre of London has moved south,' featuring some of its built and proposed flagship buildings - such as the new home for the Greater London Authority, the Tate Modern, Peckham Library and four new jle underground stations, as well as 'investment opportunities' in areas such as Elephant and Castle, Canada Water and Bermondsey Spa.
And to capitalise at Bermondsey, near Tower Bridge in Southwark, the borough has commissioned Llewelyn-Davies to masterplan a redevelopment of the 'reawakening' area to be adopted next June. After that the council will market vacant sites and historic and modern local buildings. It wants regeneration in the area to be led by residential developments, and hopes to include a new 420-pupil school as well as some commercial projects.
An extensive briefing document says Southwark wants 'exciting and innovative proposals' but that some housing stock may be demolished to make way for other developments.
Meanwhile, in another project being pushed by Southwark as 'a new London location', Arup Associates is working with Urban Catalyst on a detailed planning application to develop Bermondsey Square (pictured above right). And Ian Simpson Architects has been granted planning permission for a 24,500m2 scheme including 154 residential units in the former Hartleys Jam Factory in the borough for developers Angel Properties.
A record number of visitors to mipim are expected, with 12,000 beating last year's 10,200. Almost 100 uk architects are taking part, including bdp, degw, FaulknerBrowns, Terry Farrell, rhwl and Sheppard Robson.
Pipers is set to exhibit a new model of Birmingham to be unveiled by the British Ambassador to France, and hok is to celebrate itself as 'the world's number one architectural practice' - officially as the winner of the aia's year 2000 Architecture Award.