Consultancy Case Studies
I have provided research, writing, editing, photography and guiding expertise to the following projects in 2016.
Walk This Way South Bank
My wife, Lindsey, and I were commissioned to revise and update a walking guide to the South Bank for South Bank Employers Group (SBEG), a partnership of the major organisations in South Bank, Waterloo and Blackfriars, with a 25-year track record of regeneration projects.
The Walk This Way - South Bank guide was first published in 2003 and a lot has changed since then! SBEG wished to retain the informed and well-researched ethos of the first edition with a focus on architecture and history while sharing fascinating facts, showcasing new developments and flagging future projects.
We undertook in-depth field work to enhance our knowledge of the area and redesign the route, making surprising discoveries along the way. Much of the original copy had to be re-written and re-edited in a tight timescale, and we worked with SBEG's designer and project manager on mapping and laying out the new route.
Walk This Way - South Bank was launched on Open House weekend 2016 and Discovering London led c.100 people on free guided walks of the area over the two days to mark 25 years of SBEG. Browse the online version here or pick up a free copy from any of the major attractions and hotels on South Bank.
The Story of Marble Arch
I was commissioned to research and write The Story of Marble Arch, a unique heritage publication for Marble Arch London, the Business Improvement District (BID) for the Marble Arch and Edgware Road area.
Up until the 1960s Marble Arch was on the top 10 list of things to see in London. In the last five years not one person has asked me about it. This guide aims to change that. Marooned on a traffic island by road changes in 1960 and today more known for its tube station than its sculpture and design, it’s high time this much misunderstood, triumphal arch was properly appreciated again.
Research required extensive reading from my personal London library as well as accessing specialist archives and liaising with other experts. I also tracked down the pieces of sculpture intended for Marble Arch now to be found at various sites around London and intend to run a special full-day tour of these sites in 2017.
You can read The Story of Marble Arch free, online or pick up a copy at hotels around the Marble Arch BID area.