Phrases like ‘modern mansion block’ and ‘new London vernacular’ aim to confer a comforting connection with London’s domestic heritage, even when proposals are bafflingly remote from the Victorian and Edwardian originals.
Andrew Beharrell’s enthusiasm for the mansion block began in childhood and was reignited by recent walks in lockdown London. The work of his practice Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE), has long been influenced by the typology, delivering many variations over the past 40 years, which provide homes for all sorts of people, from wealthy penthouse power-couples to disadvantaged families – ‘mansions for the many’.
In this talk he shares some personal mansion block milestones, which also chart the changing character of London and show how the typology has evolved from exclusive to inclusive.
The Society is for all those who love London. It was founded in 1912 by a group of influential Londoners concerned about the lack of planning for the future of the capital. Early members included architects, planners and engineers alongside politicians and artists. They came from a range of backgrounds and many would go on to shape Britain during the century that followed.
The Society's motto is - Valuing the past; looking to the future!