Paul Finch

Paul Finch

Paul Finch is a programme director of the World Architecture Festival

  • Brum Library roof garden
    Insight

    A healthy focus on space

    2020-06-11T00:00:00

    One effect of the current health crisis has been to focus on how we can redesign or rethink the places we live, work and play in to deal with this and future pandemics. That should mean new workstreams.

  • Barts Square
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    Happy Helical celebrates the City

    2020-02-27T00:00:00

    As we await publication of yet another government review of the planning system, the world of property, architecture and construction can only marvel at the profound belief of politicians that by changing things, they really make a difference.

  • Houses of Parliament
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    An opportunity to revive old ideas

    2019-12-20T00:00:00

    Political certainty, in the sense of a government with a substantial working majority, is not the same thing as policy certainty.

  • Derwent London - Brunel Building
    News

    Simple buildings, complex uses

    2019-10-25T00:00:00

    An intriguing insight into the relationship between architecture, development and investment comes from Yolande Barnes, formerly global research director at Savills, now a professor at, and chair of, the Bartlett Real Estate Institute, University College London.

  • Dylon Phase 2 Walkthrough
    Insight

    Planning miracles can happen

    2019-07-17T23:00:00

    Developer Iain Hutchinson has shown what determination, ruthless analysis and inspired architecture can do when it comes to winning planning permission on difficult sites.

  • Tulip
    Insight

    Should new genuflect to the old?

    2019-04-24T23:00:00

    There are different sorts of fire and different sorts of response. Wartime destruction often triggers a desire to rebuild what has been lost (Hamburg, Warsaw); terrorist destruction can inspire a defiant new response (Ground Zero). Accidental fire is rather different, as the tragic destruction of significant parts of Notre-Dame is ...

  • Paddington Elizabeth Line Station
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    Architecture, planning and heritage are not always a happy mix

    2018-07-25T10:08:00

    At a ceremony earlier this month in Lawn Road, Hampstead, an English Heritage ‘blue plaque’ was unveiled on the Isokon building, a 1934 modernist apartment block designed by Wells Coates. This now includes a museum devoted to the architecture of the period, created from garages as part of a retrofit ...

  • Sadiq Khan
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    Khan is as pro property as a Labour London mayor can get

    2018-01-26T06:00:00

    The last Labour London mayor, Ken Livingstone, had an ambivalent attitude to commercial property. On the face of it he was a supporter of key projects, such as The Shard. But did he ever really like developers?

  • 1970s houses
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    Five decades on and the world of property hasn’t changed much

    2017-10-26T05:00:00

    I was lucky enough to receive the president’s special award at the British Council for Offices dinner earlier this month, which of course got me thinking about the world of property since I started writing about it 45 years ago, as a trainee reporter on Estates Times (which eventually morphed ...

  • Garden Bridge, London
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    The Garden Bridge project was a sad victim of miserable negativity

    2017-08-24T11:00:00

    In the 1940s, one of the visionary plans for London by the town planner Sir Patrick Abercrombie contained a proposal for a bridge across the Thames with crossing points pretty much where the Garden Bridge was supposed to have been constructed.

  • Grenfell Tower
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    Clarity of thought and purpose will be crucial for the Grenfell inquiry

    2017-07-06T05:00:00

    From the point of view of broad public protection, it will be important that the official inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster is allowed to focus on the critical issues - that is to say the cause of the initial fire, why it spread so rapidly and why a complex ...

  • Watch Vucity in action
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    At last we can resolve disputes about visual perspectives in London

    2017-06-02T00:00:00

    A brilliant presentation at the BCO annual conference last month highlighted the way property and technology are coming together in new ways that should lead to big increases in time and cost efficiency, with the potential to iron out disputes if there is a demonstrable correct answer.

  • Park Dale, Yorkshire
    Insight

    Getting to grips with carbon complexity is a simple matter of design intelligence

    2017-04-01T07:00:00

    The architect Simon Sturgis also runs a carbon profiling company, SCP, which has undertaken research for clients ranging from Gatwick Airport and SEGRO to the Grosvenor Estate.

  • Paul Finch
    Insight

    2017 Predictions: shuffling people around won't solve the housing crisis

    2017-01-05T07:00:00

    The former governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, describes the future as one of “radical uncertainty”.

  • Sir Stuart Lipton
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    Sir Stuart Lipton: a knight to remember

    2016-06-16T07:00:00

    Sir Stuart Lipton had a double celebration this week: 50 years in the property industry, marked by a reception and supper at the National Gallery on Monday, then three days later a party at Abbey Road Studios for his and his wife Ruth’s golden wedding anniversary.

  • Paul Finch
    Insight

    What we want is build-to-let, rather than buy-to-let

    2016-04-07T06:00:00

    There are various reasons for the government’s decision to ‘get tough’ on the so-called buy-to-let market by removing tax advantages.

  • Paul Finch
    Insight

    Less regulation, yes, but expect more politicking too

    2016-01-08T00:00:00

    Whatever happens in the world of planning and architecture during 2016, nothing will compare with the importance of the likely referendum decision on whether or not to remain in the EU.

  • Paul Finch is programme director of the World Architecture Festival
    Insight

    London developers should wake up to Zaha Hadid

    2015-11-06T00:00:00

    Fifty years ago it was generally the case that ‘good’ architects, the ones who had redesigned Britain through work on schools, universities, hospitals and housing, did not do ‘commercial’ work.

  • Paul Finch is programme director of the World Architecture Festival
    Insight

    Housing development doesn’t create places – people and activity do

    2015-09-03T12:08:00

    A first-time buyer today requires 10 times the deposit they did in the 1980s, according to the National Housing Federation.

  • Paul Finch is programme director of the World Architecture Festival
    Insight

    The joys of brownfield – now, where have we heard that before?

    2015-07-16T13:51:00

    George Osborne, unique among modern chancellors, has used the Budget to flag up announcements about the planning system, hitherto thought to be the province of the Department for Communities & Local Government.

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