Headline Partner of London Design Festival 2018

British Land, Headline Partner of London Design Festival 2018 announces exciting new projects

British Land, Headline Partner of London Design Festival for the third consecutive year, will showcase key commissions and activations as part of the 2018 Festival.

Alphabet by Kellenberger-White at Broadgate

British Land has commissioned London-based graphic design studio, Kellenberger-White to create a landmark project at Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate. The design studio, known for their playful approach to typography, has designed a bespoke typeface which will come to life through a series of 26 moveable alphabet chairs. It will transform Broadgate into an interactive, urban playground, that brings together typography, architecture and gravity. Alphabet will be painted in a colour palate formed from industrial paint manufacturer, International Marine Paint. Colourways will include: International Orange, used on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Cornflower Blue, on the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge. This will complement the development activity which is currently transforming the Broadgate neighbourhood.

Paddington Central, a new Design Route for 2018

This year, for the first time, Paddington Central will be an official Design Route as part of the Festival. An urban waterside oasis, British Land’s Paddington Central campus is one of London’s newest food and tech hotspots. Located next to Paddington Station and the iconic Grand Union Canal, it is home to inspirational public works of art, vibrant cultural events and ground-breaking architecture. Its community works smarter, stays active and lives well thanks to a backdrop that encourages businesses and people to flourish.

Snøhetta Book Pavilion at Paddington Central, Commissioned by British Land

Pioneering architects Snøhetta will present their Book Pavilion, an innovative architectural installation inspired by the traditional principles of a library. Located at 2 Kingdom Street, the installation will offer an immersive experience, which transports visitors into a world of books. The Snøhetta Book Pavilion will feature a range of oversized books which rotate and act as walls to create a range of spaces, from quiet and intimate, to open and public. Parents will be able to read to their child and visitors will be able to read together and share their experiences.

Each book will include an insert with the following inscription; Reading gives us somewhere to go. A place to escape. This book lives in the Snøhetta Book Pavilion at Paddington Central but its story doesn’t end when you read the last chapter. Please enjoy this book and then bring it back to the Snøhetta Book Pavilion so someone else can immerse themselves in the joy of reading.

Flip Book Garden by Ido Garini at Paddington Central

Along Grand Union Canal, visitors will be able to discover the Flip Book Garden- an immersive landscape experience and transformative urban garden. Commissioned by British Land to create a stand out interactive installation, Ido Garini (Studio Appétit) has brought to life the exciting child-like sensation of opening a pop-up book by creating an outdoor setting that transitions throughout the day like the flip of a page. Merging the rich Victorian heritage of Paddington Station and its surroundings, together with contemporary and innovative design, the installation invites visitors to immerse in a lavish and inspiring atmosphere.

The Royal College of Art at Paddington Central

Three thought-provoking installations from students at the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art will explore the future of residential, lobby space and retail with three showcases in and around Sheldon Square. The Residential Build of the Future installation inside 4 Kingdom Street will present plans for an interlocking one-bedroom maisonette which experiments with new and varied apartment types complementing communal spaces for eating and working.

The Future of Lobby Spaces installation inside 2 Kingdom Street will offer engaging insights into how art and cultural content change perceptions of these spaces. The installation is an amorphic 3D cloud structure that comprises of flexible furniture, creating moments of privacy within the lobby space.

Presented on giant light cubes under Bishop’s Bridge, the Retail of the Future installation will explore how emerging technology will affect retail spaces and drive shifts in politics, economics and human behaviour. This approach to design aims to identify future problems that may not yet exist. It will showcase four scenarios that will be brought to life in a series of large-format photographic images.

Darcie & May Green Barges at Paddington Central

Floating works of art designed by ‘godfather’ of British pop art Sir Peter Blake, will welcome visitors aboard to enjoy canal side dining throughout the Festival. Darcie Green opens at 7.30am & May Green opens at 7.00am, until the late hours of the evening.

Liz West at Paddington Central

Experience the positive impact of colour and light with British artist Liz West’s radiant site-specific sculpture, Colour Transfer. A dazzling immersive environment that captures the essence of its surroundings and inspires and energises those passing by.

British Land delivers Places People Prefer through the development of places where people can work, shop and socialise. It creates individual buildings and enlivens the spaces around them to help people’s wellbeing and meet their needs.

British Land will also work with London Design Festival as principal supporter of the British Land Celebration of Design to host the prestigious awards evening, for the fifth consecutive year. This forms a key part of the Festival, honouring and celebrating those who have made a significant contribution to the world of design. Both partnerships demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to the use of design in creating places which meet the needs of customers, communities and respond to the changing way people live their lives.


Pip Wood, British Land 020 7467 2838
Abbie Lewi, LUCKFORD APM 020 7731 1000

A full schedule of events taking place at Broadgate and Paddington Central during London Design Festival can be found here: https://www.broadgate.co.uk/event/the-7-best-events-at-the-london-design-festival-2018 https://www.paddingtoncentral.com/london-design-festivalNotes to Editors

About British Land

Our portfolio of high quality UK commercial property is focused on Retail around the UK and London Offices. We own or manage a portfolio valued at £18.2 billion (British Land share: £13.7 billion) as at 31 March 2018 making us one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

Our strategy is to provide places which meet the needs of our customers and respond to changing lifestyles - Places People Prefer. We do this by creating great environments both inside and outside our buildings and use our scale and placemaking skills to enhance and enliven them. This expands their appeal to a broader range of occupiers, creating enduring demand and driving sustainable, long term performance.

Our Retail portfolio is focused on Regional and Local multi-let centres, and accounts for 48% of our portfolio. Our Offices portfolio comprises three office-led campuses in central London as well as high quality standalone buildings and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Increasingly our focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, our 53-acre redevelopment opportunity where we have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing. Our industry-leading sustainability performance led to British Land being awarded a five-star rating in the 2017 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for the second year running.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen's Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK's highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental achievements over a period of five years. Further details can be found on the British Land website.

About Broadgate

Broadgate is where innovation and finance play. It is the largest pedestrianised neighbourhood in Central London: a diverse community connecting innovation and finance, and a public arena for new food, retail and culture.

Lying adjacent to the busy transport hub of Liverpool Street station and surrounded by Shoreditch, Spitalfields, Old Street and the City, Broadgate connects Europe’s capitals of investment and technology.

Joint owners British Land and GIC are investing £1.5 billion in Broadgate’s evolution into a world class, mixed use destination for London.

Their masterplan for Broadgate will deliver 4.9 million sq ft of new and redefined workplaces, retail and restaurants, bringing people together to work, shop, drink and dine.

Broadgate’s rare collection of public spaces combines the community and feel of the historic piazza with the energy of modern London. These spaces play host to over 100 cultural events annually, providing a showcase for emerging ideas and talent. Further details can be found on the Broadgate website.

About Paddington Central

Paddington Central is an 11-acre, mixed-use neighbourhood next to Paddington Station in London’s West End. Located approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, Paddington Central has excellent transport connections to Heathrow Airport and Central London, soon to be enhanced by the arrival of Crossrail in 2019.

Since acquiring Paddington Central, owners British Land have invested significantly in its buildings, outside environment and retail offering. With the wellbeing of its workers and local people in mind, the campus’ green spaces and location alongside the Grand Union Canal offer an attractive environment to spend time before, during and after the working day and throughout the weekend.

The campus is home to a variety of interesting businesses, including global companies such as Microsoft, Kingfisher, Finastra, Vodafone and Mars. These businesses thrive alongside gyms, cafés, restaurants and bars including Pergola, West London’s largest al fresco drinking and dining destination, and floating eateries along the canal. Further details can be found on the Paddington Central website.

About London Design Festival

Established in 2003 by Sir John Sorrell CBE and Ben Evans, London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the gateway to the international design community and the world’s leading stage for design innovation.

London Design Festival has since earned the reputation as a key calendar moment of London’s autumn creative season, alongside London Fashion Week, Frieze Art Fair and the London Film Festival, attracting the greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to the capital, in a citywide celebration. www.londondesignfestival.com

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