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British Land is the Headline Partner of London Design Festival 2018 

British Land is the Headline Partner of London Design Festival for the third consecutive year and the principal supporter of the British Land Celebration of Design. The latter forms a key part of the Festival, honouring and celebrating those who have made a significant contribution to the world of design. Both partnerships demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to the use of design in creating places which meet the needs of customers and communities and respond to the changing way people live their lives.  

Chief Executive, Chris Grigg, said:

“Design is integral to everything we do at British Land in both enlivening individual buildings and their broader surroundings to create Places People Prefer.

Our partnership with London Design Festival celebrates the world’s leading designers and we are delighted to once again support the Festival.”


British Land’s portfolio focuses on retail around the UK and London offices, including Regent’s Place, Paddington Central and a major mixed-use regeneration at Canada Water. Also within the portfolio is the 32-acre Broadgate campus, at the centre of one of the most exciting and vibrant parts of London and visited by 65 million people each year. For London Design Festival 2017, the site was home to Camille Walala's 'Villa Walala', an inflatable, tactile landscape influenced by the Memphis Movement and South African tribal art. In 2018, Landmark Project 'Alphabet' was located in Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, by graphic design studio Kellenberger-White.

British Land has a full design calendar: an installation created by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for the 2016 London Design Biennale, and another project by Norwegian architect Snøhetta, landed on British Land sites this year. In SouthGate, Bath, 1000 coloured umbrellas were suspended in the air to create a spectacular floral-themed covered walkway.

The British Land Celebration of Design awards medals to emerging and established talents each year, whose work is also displayed at the V&A in an exhibition curated by Es Devlin and OKOLO respectively during London Design Festival.  “Our overarching goal is to make a contribution to the creation of the talent of the future,” says Head of Operations, Joff Sharpe. 

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