Talking Social Spaces

On 6th December our Board Director and Head of Planning and Development, Jonathan Manns, was invited to give a keynote speech at New London Architecture on the topic of London’s Hotels: Expanding Social Spaces, ahead of the forthcoming release of their hotels and hospitality research.

Jon’s speech drew on the Nomad City research prepared by Rockwell with Axiom Architects and released in September 2019. He made the case for the nature of hotels to change, in response to new guest behaviours and expectations, in a way which better meets our aspirations for cities and communities. Key themes were, he suggested, flexibility and scope for them to become new semi-public spaces; both creating opportunities to, amongst other things, regenerate our high streets.

Other contributors to the event, who subsequently joined Jon in a panel discussion, included Derek Griffin (Whitbred), Alex Lifshutz (Lifchutz Davidson Sandilands) and Bruce Robertson (The Standard London). These picked-up many of the themes set out in Jon’s speech with context from hotels across all parts of the capital and all segments of the markets, both budget and luxury. We look forward to welcoming the NLA research in the near future!