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British Land is the Headline Partner to London Design Festival 

British Land is the Headline Partner of London Design Festival for the fifth consecutive year, immersing its London destinations in a celebration of design.

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, was home to internationally acclaimed British designer, Paul Cocksedge, who created a major Landmark Project for the 2019 Festival - the most ambitious of British Land’s commissions to date.

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

As part of the 2019 Festival, Broadgate also collaborated with Shoreditch Design Triangle to host an exhibition and talks programme, as well as a special Design Night in Finsbury Avenue Square.  

Paddington Central was a Festival Design Route for the second year, with a programme of talks and installations. Paddington-born designer, Adam Nathaniel Furman, enliven the Grand Union Canal with his signature vibrancy and impactful colours for the Paddington Pyramid. Newly opened Storey Club in Paddington Central was the Design Route’s ‘central hub’, and hosted a curated programme of talks, debates and design salons, open to the community. 

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.”

London Design Medal Winners 2019

British Land and London Design Festival honoured and celebrated those who have made a significant contribution to the world of design with the British Land Celebration of Design. The 2019 Winners were Dame Vivienne Westwood; Tom Dixon; Ross Atkin; and Professor Daniel Charny. Learn more about the Medal Winners below.