On Wednesday 7 June, you have the opportunity to join a number of exclusive tours across London to discover firsthand some of the key projects shaping a more ecological future for the capital. Spaces are limited so please book early to secure your place. Only available to 3-day pass attendees

Building Tour: Principal Place

In partnership with Brookfield Properties

Wednesday 07 June

18:00 - 19:30 (meeting point at 17.30)

Registration Area (Level -1) at the Barbican Centre 

Join Brookfield Properties and Foster + Partners for an exclusive look at the BREEAM Excellent and Active Score Platinum certified Principal Place in Shoreditch. Dan Scanlon, Executive Vice President of Brookfield Properties UK and a representative from Foster + Partners will co-host a guided tour of the 630,000 sq ft mixed-use development while discussing the process of developing high-quality sustainable architecture and community placemaking.

Developed by Brookfield Properties and designed by Foster + Partners, Principal Place draws its inspiration from the industrial heritage of Shoreditch and includes restaurants, bars, boutique shops and a 15-storey office building providing Grade A space and nearly an acre of roof terraces.

Timings: 18:00 - 19:30

Start of Tour: Registration Area (Level -1) at the Barbican Centre - meeting at 17.30

Capacity: 14

Area Tour: Fleet Street Quarter: Shaping a More Sustainable City

In partnership with Fleet Street Quarter

Wednesday 07 June

17:30 - 20:30

Registration Area (Level -1) at the Barbican Centre 

At the heart of Fleet Street Quarter, Fleet Street has been an important route since Roman times. The street became known for printing and publishing in the 16th century and by the 20th century, most British national newspapers operated from here. Today, Fleet Street Quarter is a thriving area with an ambition to become a green and sustainable business district by creating a safer and cleaner destination for all who live, work or visit the area.

Starting at Holborn Circus, this tour with a visit to the new Fleet Street Quarter Botanical Garden guided by Thomas Kendall, Associate Director at Wayward, followed by a visit to the Square Mile Urban Farm with Hamish Grant, Chief Growth Officer at Square Mile Farms. The tour continues with a discussion, hosted at St Bride Foundation by developers Atenor, on Fleet House – a new development scheme within the FSQ Development pipeline just approved for planning with high sustainability, BREEAM credentials. The tour concludes with a talk from Mark Williams, Head of Corporate Services EMEA, and a drinks reception at Barings.

Timings: 17:30 - 20:30

Start of Tour: Registration Area (Level -1) at the Barbican Centre 

Capacity: 20


Area Tour: Imagine Golden Lane at Net Zero

With Paul Lincoln

Wednesday 07 June

17:30 - 18:30

Registration Area (Level -1) at the Barbican Centre

A walking tour led by resident and expert guide Paul Lincoln to Golden Lane Estate, an iconic listed housing estate close to the Barbican Centre to explore its potential to address issues around climate emergency and biodiversity loss alongside the responsibility of the local authority. In 2020, Golden Lane residents set up the campaign Imagine Golden Lane Estate at Net Zero. The estate currently has projects on cycle storage and insulation. This walking tour starts at the Barbican Centre, described as 'The architecture of fossil fuels at its glorious best...', continuing to the former Museum of London and Bastion House, at the centre of a campaign to retain and re-use rather than demolish; then it explores Golden Lane Estate - post-war public housing at its best. The tour guide Paul Lincoln is also the Editor of Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute - the professional body for landscape architects in the UK.

Start of tour: Registration area (Level -1) at the Barbican

Capacity: 20

Tour host: Paul Lincoln lives in Golden Lane Estate near to the Barbican Centre and set up the campaign Imagine Golden Lane at Net Zero with fellow residents and councillors. Paul is the editor of Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute - the professional body for landscape architects in the UK. He is also an Open City guide and an official guide to the City of London. Paul has a Masters in Cities, Design and Regeneration. Paul is also a printmaker and an associate member of East London Printmakers. Twitter: @paullincoln  Instagram: @paullincolnprint

Golden Baggers allotments

RESOLVE (c) Adiam Yemane

Exhibition Tour: RESOLVE Collective: them's the breaks

Wednesday 07 June

17:30 - 18:15

The Curve (Level G) at the Barbican Centre 

Join us for a unique tour led by curator Jon Astbury to them’s the breaks, a site-specific installation from interdisciplinary design practice RESOLVE Collective. “Foraging” materials from across London and the South Coast, as well as re-using objects from previous installations, RESOLVE have constructed an interactive landscape in The Curve. A vast wave of reclaimed and re-purposed materials and ephemera ripple across the length of the 90-metre space and flow up the walls. Visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with the installation, breaking down barriers between the public and the art on display. 

Timings: 17:30 - 18:15

Start of Tour: The Curve (Level G) at the Barbican Centre 

Capacity: 20



In partnership with the Building Centre and Lucy Bullivant

Wednesday 07 June

18:00 - 19:00


Start of tour: Registration area (Level -1) at the Barbican*

*Please note, all attendees must meet at the start of the tour at 17.15. Attendees will be escorted by tube / foot to the Building Centre. A travelcard/contactless payment will be required for the underground at your own cost.

Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1B 7BT  

A tour of the new Building Centre exhibition ‘Retrofit 23: Towards Deep Retrofit of Homes at Scale’, led by its curator, Lucy Bullivant. The need to retrofit UK’s existing housing stock to meet the government’s net zero target is currently one of the built environment’s biggest challenges. Success in ramping up deep retrofitting to the highest standards through a just transition will only be achieved by aligning governance, economic, social, financial and technical systems.

‘Retrofit 23’ (on show until 29 September, and accompanied by a stimulating talks programme) explores the potentials of an accelerated delivery of domestic retrofitting at different scales – national, municipal, neighbourhood and street – as well as the needs of private dwellings, while also examining the substantial economic, social and environmental benefits resulting from the improved energy performance of homes. The exhibition is engagingly designed with dynamic infographics, and includes models, photographs, drawings, diagrams, audio clips, and comments boards so the visiting public can contribute to the discussion.

Capacity: 20

Tour host: Lucy Bullivant is a place strategist, curator and award-winning author dedicated to just transitions enabled through bespoke and engaged adaptive planning. The latest exhibition she has curated is ‘Retrofit 23: Towards Deep Retrofit of Homes at Scale’ for the Building Centre, London. In 2010 she was elected an Honorary Fellow by RIBA for her contribution to sustainable architectural culture globally. Lucy has delivered place strategies for local authorities in the UK and Norway, and is chair, Lambeth Design Review Panel. She has a PhD in adaptive planning (School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University), and her published books include Masterplanning Futures (Routledge, second edition due 2024).  Twitter: @lucybullivant  Instagram: @lucybullivant


©Chris Jackson for the Building Centre

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