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Public Meetings

Our 2018 programme of meetings

 

Wednesday 16 May, TOPO Tower redesign - what lessons for community involvement?

Tony Lancaster will explore the process of community engagement with the recent Old Post Office Tower and its developers.

What happens when an unhappy group of residents clashes with a developer? When St George mis-judged local response with their plans for the Old Post Office site they were met with unprecedented levels of protest. St George offered to work with residents to improve the tallest element of the site. What happened next has some important lessons for community involvement. This was never about just the architecture but instead goes to the heart of the planning process and the style and purpose of consultation. It’s up to us to make the most of this opportunity to impact what happens next for the town centre.


 

Coming to our public meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all our meetings are held in the Judge Lecture Theatre, Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames KT2 6RL. Click here to see a map of the area.

Access is from the London Road entrance where there is free parking available, subject to other events happening at the school. There are bus stops outside and opposite the school entrance, and the main bus and railway stations are within short walking distance. While there are building works on the left of the carpark, entry is behind the carpark, down the path and turn left behind the metal staircase. The Judge Lecture Theatre is at the far end of the corridor.

Meetings begin promptly at 7:30pm. Doors are open at 7:00.

Free admission for members of the Society. Members of the public are very welcome to attend and are asked to pay £2 toward our costs, alternatively they can join the Society on the night for just £10.

Visits

The Society organises occasional visits to demonstrate the good and the bad of architecture and design.