Exhibition: 25.06.2013 – 05.07.2013

MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design - The Industrial City

Industry in Cricklewood by Matt Hopkins

About the show

A study of life in seven industrial places across London.

This year MA SPUD students uncovered the life of strategical industrial areas in London. Following an introductory study of industrial spaces in East London, they spent two weeks in Moscow and St. Petersburg investigating industry of a different scale and type, within a different political and social context. Spending time with the MARCH school in Moscow, the students explored the history of planning and development in the cities and compared them the London context.

In London, each student immersed themselves within an industrial location; investigating the people, places, structures, urban realm, social life, economic activity, histories and cultures of their areas. Observing, collating, responding and proposing are the behaviours that are demanded, encouraged and nurtured throughout their studies.

Alongside their industrial investigations, lectures in Planning History and Theory, Practice and Project Case Studies, Urban governance, Development Economics and Research for Planning and Urban Design were given, and exposure to the theories and realities of practice were discussed in detail. Outputs from these modules included essays, photos studies, reports and debates.

In response to their observations, student proposals included an industrial hub for new businesses in the Lower Lea Valley, an industrial design guide for sites in Hayes and Cricklewood, a rejuvenated industrial building and public space for a relocated market, and several projects that encourage a more generous and beneficial relationship between industrial and residential edges.

Exhibition details

P.V. Tuesday 25 June 2013, 6.30-10pm
Opening Wed 26 June - Fri 5 July 2013
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Venue Spring House (Ground Floor)
Courses Spatial Planning and Urban Design (MA)
Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2


Sidcup spread by James Goldberg

Types of industrial spaces in Sidcup

Historic industry and manufacturing in London by Hannah Martin

Building study

Strategic industrial land in London and Moscow MA SPUD group image

Comparison of location, size and spread

London / Moscow comparison by Matt Hopkins

City road crossing scale comparison

Lighting up industrial sites by Hannah Martin

Revealing the components

Public and private green space in Sidcup

by James Goldberg

Industrial edges by Sally Gray

Blackhorse Lane industry and landscape

Strategy for industry in the Lower Lea Valley by Sophie Palmer

Connecting industrial sites with growth

New hubs of industrial activity and routes by Sophie Palmer

New industrial employment

Redesigning an industrial shed by Sophie Wallace

Soft touches with big impact

Reinventing the face of local industry by Hannah Martin

A ‘theme park’ map for industry in Hayes

Reconnecting residential, employment and leisure space

by Hannah Martin

Blackhorse Lane by Sally Gray

Industrial edge wasteland

Modifications to Ford Stamping Plant by Zakiya Umer

Active frontage and a relocating Dagenham market

Cricklewood relinked by Matt Hopkins

Strategic sites to improve and connect

New public realm and activity for Ford Stamping Plant by Zakiya Umer

Detail design of new outdoor market space

Recording industrial businesses in Dagenham Dock by Zakiya Umer

Industrial audit by industry type

A strategy to improve Sidcup by James Goldberg

Physical and social connection

Industrial start up hub, West Ham by Sophie Palmer

Employment space for businesses

Visiting Professor

Mark Brearley


Julia Atkins
Levent Kerimol
Lara Kinneir
Fenna Haakma Wagenaar


Hannah Martin
Matthew Hopkins
James Goldberg
Sophie Palmer
Sophie Wallace
Zakiya Umer
Sally Gray
Lee Mallet
Hadas Even Tzur


Tom Keeley
Shumi Bose
Oliver Goodhall
Tom Holbrook
Peter Beard
Tim Rettler
Jamie Dean
Robert Mull
Peter Carl
Carlos Villanueva Brandt
David Knight
Maria Lisogorskaya.
Levent Kerimol
Sarah Considene
Adam Towle