Character Building: Putting Heritage at the Heart of Planning and Placemaking


Royal College of Physicians Tuesday 4th October 2016




Max Farrell is a Partner at Farrells, leading on strategic planning and communications. He is involved in high profile infrastructure and placemaking projects, including the expansion of Gatwick based on a second runway and the new development where Crossrail meets HS2 at Old Oak Common. He is also leading on international projects and for overseas clients investing in London. Max is Project Leader for the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment, published in 2014 after consultation with government, institutions, industry and the public. As a result of the Review, DCLG set up a Design Quality Panel which Max attends; the House of Lords established the Select Committee on the Built Environment; the industry-led Place Alliance was formed and over 20 urban rooms have been established throughout the country.
Duncan McCallum has 30 years of experience in the heritage sector; for local authorities, English Heritage and Historic England. He trained as a town planner at Newcastle University, with a Masters in Conservation Studies from York University.Duncan joined English Heritage in 1996 and became Policy Director in 2005. He led EH’s input into the NPPF and its supporting guidance. He wrote the first heritage audit for England, Heritage Counts. He works closely with other heritage sector partners for example the on-going reform of the planning system. He is a member of the IHBC, a Fellow of the RTPI and the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Sarah Gaventa is the founder of Made Public which curates and advises on public realm and cultural placemaking. She curated Historic England’s major exhibition, Out There: Our Post-War Public Art. Sarah has a BA in Art History and studied at both the Courtauld Institute and UCL. She has an MA in Design History from the Royal College of Art and V&A. Sarah was director of CABE Space from 2006—2011, and whilst there was also Director of Seachange, a £40 million capital grant programme for the cultural and heritage regeneration of seaside resorts. She was a member of HLF’s Expert Panel, EH’s London Environment Panel and a founder of the London Architecture Festival. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Landscape Institute.
Taryn Nixon is the Chief Executive of M OLA, a practice of some 340 archaeology professionals actively involved in integrating complex archaeology and built heritage challenges with planning and development across the UK and internationally. In a thirty year career in archaeology in the UK and the Far East, Taryn has made key contributions to heritage policy and standards. She initiated and chaired the heritage sector Southport Group initiative, whose report on realising public benefit from development-led archaeology was launched by John Penrose MP in 2011. She is a former Chair of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and has served on CABE's Design Review Panel and Historic England's London Advisory Committee.
Esther Kurland is a planner and urban designer. She worked for 10 years in local authorities in policy, development control and design and conservation planning posts. Esther then moved to the GLA where she worked on the first London Plan before moving to CABE to lead on planning issues in 2003. She has been Director of UDL since 2006 and has worked to develop and improve UDL’s programme, working closely with core partners TfL, the GLA, London boroughs and many others. Esther has served on a wide range of Design Review panels, steering groups and advisory committees dealing with Crossrail stations, Thames Tunnel’s new riverside mini parks, council housing estate renewal projects, historic garden improvements, major town centre improvements and street redesigns.
Christopher Costelloe has been the Director of the Victorian Society since 2012, following two years as a caseworker there. He is also a qualified stonemason, having completed an apprenticeship in Somerset. He has also worked as a regeneration consultant and for an investment bank. Sketching Norman Shaw’s Grimsdyke at the age of seven kindled his interest in architecture, which was aided by reading History at Durham in the shadow of the great cathedral.
Richard Murphy founded his practice in 1991. It has since won 21 RIBA Awards. Projects includes houses, housing, educational and health buildings, offices, hotel, master-planning, galleries, theatres and two British Embassies. Richard is an authority on the Italian Architect Carlo Scarpa and has written monographs on the Castelvecchio Verona and the Querini Stampalia in Venice. Two monographs have also been published on the practice’s work. Richard lives in a house which he designed in the Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Recently given an RIBA National Award 2016, it is soon to be featured for the RIBA/Channel 4 House of the Year Competition 2016.
Erin Byrne is an ARB registered Architect working in the fields of architecture, urban design, regeneration and planning. Erin currently works for the GLA Regeneration Team on a number of high-profile regeneration projects across London with partners including local authorities, community groups, businesses and design teams. These projects range from the development of large scale place-shaping strategies and public realm projects to the development of new workspace and community facilities. Previously she worked at London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) leading on a range of projects including bringing forward development on LLDC owned land, masterplanning, interim use and delivering new affordable workspace as well as providing formal urban design advice to the Planning Decisions Team. She is also a visiting critic at universities across the UK.
Eric Reynolds set up, ran and still runs some of the most important peopleplaces established in London from the early 1970’s onwards, including Camden Lock Market, Merton Abbey Mills, Spitalfields Old Fruit and Vegetable Market, Gabriel’s Wharf, Bishopsgate Goodsyard and Trinity Buoy Wharf. He devised Container City; comprising the recycling of shipping containers into buildings. Eric played a key role in saving Smithfield Market and is involved with USM NYC’s latest indoor food market in Lexington Avenue. He won the Regeneration and Renewal “Lifetime Achievement Award” for Regeneration in 2012.



Image left (not visible on phone): Bloomsbury Urban Realm Strategy, an education-led masterplan for University College London, London Borough of Camden, British Museum and London Development Agency 2005 – ongoing. The area is of national importance in terms of its architecture, squares and heritage. © Farrells