London Property Alliance announces its official sponsorship of the Open House Festival 2020
London Property Alliance (WPA + CPA) is proud to announce that it will be an official sponsor of this year’s Open House Festival in London, the world’s largest architecture festival.
Running since 1992, the festival opens up the capital’s built environment through giving free public access to buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September, and a year-round programme of events. In a typical year, over a quarter of a million people take part in the Open House weekend.
This is the first year that London Property Alliance will be a principal sponsor of this collaborative event that brings professional city-makers and a diverse public together. With lockdown measures preventing many people from accessing central London in the past few months, this year’s Open House Festival will play an important role in bringing people back to the City to experience great design like never before.
Charles Begley, Executive Director of London Property Alliance, which represents more than 400 owners, developers and professional advisors across central London, said: “It has never been more important to celebrate our great city and open up it its architecture and heritage to as many people as possible. If before lockdown we took central London for granted, then recent months have demonstrated the important role of the built environment in uniting people, driving collaboration and innovation.
“Open House is a great opportunity to showcase our members’ contribution to the capital and help make the city more inclusive and accessible. Workers, residents and visitors alike will be able to see and learn about the buildings around them and appreciate like never before all the City and West End have to offer.”
Radical housing, sustainable building and colonial histories will be the core themes of this year’s festival, with a programme encompassing a diverse range of events and activities both on and offline. Experimenting with new formats, the 2020 festival will also include outdoor film screenings, podcast recordings, online lectures and supper clubs.
Open House Director, Phineas Harper, said: “We’re trying to take Coronavirus head-on and to use innovative formats and clever planning to make sure we still put on a really great festival.
“We are delighted to be working with London Property Alliance and its members in opening up central London and help lead the debate about London’s role and future, making the case for a truly equitable,
adventurous and open city.”
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Andrew Scorgie, FTI Consulting
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About the London Property Alliance
The London Property Alliance brings together the Westminster Property Association (WPA) and the City Property Association (CPA). These are not-for-profit advocacy groups with a combined membership of over 420 organisations. The Alliance provides a unified voice for the leading owners, developers, investors and professional advisors of real estate across Central London. Activity is based around three core principles: policy, research and engagement. The WPA and CPA make representations to policymakers at local and national level, publish thought leadership research reports and develop a strong engagement programme to allow members to expand their network and industry knowledge.
About Open House London
Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. Each year over a quarter of a million people take part in the Open House weekend. It is run by the charity Open City, which organises Open House events in over 40 cities around the world. The charity also produces a year- round programme of events, educational courses and publications.