Sunday, 5 February 2017

London Building Centre


Thanks for visiting.

There are so many glorious places to visit in London but sometimes it's  interesting to explore a little bit off the beaten track, you never know what you might find.

Not far from the British Museum is the London Building Centre which also houses the industry associations, New London Architecture and a product showroom exhibiting 50 selected companies with their latest building related products, all to promote innovation in the building industry.  It is open to the public, has exhibitions and a caf√©.

It also houses the New London Model, a 1:2000 scale model of London which stretches from Kings Cross to Peckham, Royal Docks to Old Oak Common.  It has 170,000 buildings and covers 85,000 square kilometres, it shows 21 of the River Thames bridges. Using the model, there's also a 3D interactive video display which shows the development of London over the years.

We spent ages trying to find various landmarks in the model - it really gives you an appreciation of the city, the size of the parks and buildings - great fun.  My photos aren't the best as the coloured displays were changing as I snapped but hopefully you'll get an idea.

The full 12.5 metre model

Battersea park by the Thames with Chelsea the other side

Battersea power station in the left hand corner looking up river to Westminster

London Eye and Waterloo station

London Eye along the River past Tate Modern .

The Shard and Canary Wharf

The O2 and Greenwich

The Queen Elizabth Park and Olympic stadium

Tower bridge, Tower of London, Canary Wharf, Gherkin

Reagents Park and the Zoo, Hyde Park in the distance

Shepherds Bush, Westfield shopping centre in the distance

One of the products displayed - glass which becomes opaque depending where you stand

So sorry that the photos aren't clearer.