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British Land is the Headline Partner of London Design Festival 2019 

British Land is the Headline Partner of London Design Festival for the fourth consecutive year, immersing its Broadgate and Paddington Central destinations in a celebration of design once again.

Chief Executive, Chris Grigg, said:

“Design is integral to everything we do at British Land so we're delighted to continue our partnership with London Design Festival for the fourth consecutive year. 

We truly believe good design has the power to create places where people want to be and where people want to spend time.”


Design is fundamental to everything that British Land does, from developing its buildings to connecting them with the communities in which they reside, ultimately creating places where people want to be. The company’s annual involvement in London Design Festival is part of a wider commitment to the capital, to help celebrate and promote London as a design epicentre and recognise its incredible, diverse talent. 

Broadgate, a diverse hub connecting innovation and finance, has commissioned internationally acclaimed British designer, Paul Cocksedge, to create a major Landmark Project for the Festival - the most ambitious of British Land’s commissions to date.

The large-scale installation, called Please Be Seated, fuses innovation and technology. Responding to the changing rhythm of the community, its design features curves for people to sit on and walk under, further enhancing London's largest pedestrianised neighbourhood. Made from scaffolding planks, Paul Cocksedge is collaborating with Essex-based flooring company, White White, to re-imagine and re-use the building wood.

As part of the Festival, Broadgate will collaborate with Shoreditch Design Triangle to host an exhibition and talks programme, as well as a special Design Night in Finsbury Avenue Square.  

Paddington Central will once again be one of the Festival’s Design Routes and will include an installation by Paddington-born designer Adam Nathaniel Furman, who will enliven the Grand Union Canal with his signature vibrancy and impactful colours. Newly opened Storey Club in Paddington Central will become the Design Route’s ‘central hub’, and will host a curated programme of talks, debates and design salons, open to the community. 

For the sixth consecutive year, British Land and London Design Festival will be honouring and celebrating those who have made a significant contribution to the world of design with the British Land Celebration of Design. This year’s recipients of the medals, which is one of the highest accolades in design globally, will be announced in September.

London Design Festival Director, Ben Evans said: “We are delighted to continue our strong relationship with British Land, as the Headline Partner to the Festival for the fourth consecutive year. Their ongoing commitment and genuine dedication to design supports our vision to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world.”