Balancing a Global Mindset with Local Roots

On 3 December, Rockwell’s Board Director and Head of Planning and Development, Jonathan Manns, was invited to give a keynote speech at The Plan magazine’s winter Perspectives conference.

The three-day Perspectives conference draws participants from around the globe, with contributions from New York to Shanghai. It is organised by The Plan, one of Europe’s most influential design and architecture magazines, and is the third occasion on which they have invited Jon to provide an event keynote. He was invited to speak on the topic of Balancing Global Mindset with Local Roots, which he did by reference to our proposals for redevelopment of the Kensington Forum hotel, which was approved by the Mayor of London in October 2020. In doing so, Jon made clear how the provision of world-class visitor accommodation is able to provide significant opportunities to secure better outcomes which at Forum includes enhancing the public realm, increasing employment and securing genuinely affordable homes for Londoners. Speaking immediately after Jon was the scheme’s architect, Ian Simpson, of world-renowned SimpsonHaugh, who spoke to the quality of design. Commenting supportively on our Kensington Forum proposals, Nicola Leonardi, Editor of The Plan, said:

“The existing architecture is not well engaged in the neighbourhood…Kensington Forum is a great project and a strong chance for London to revalue a place which is critical for the city.”

Rockwell were delighted to take part in the conference and to have this opportunity to share details of our scheme with a global audience. We were equally delighted that our proposals for Kensington Forum were so well-received by those attending.