October’s Architecture Ride, on 25 October 2014 was on the theme of regeneration,
Led by Tessa Wright and Tom Bogdanowicz the ride attracted 20 cyclists keen to see the changes taking place across London.
The ride started at Elephant and Castle, site of the controversial Heygate Estate redevelopment, where a representative of the developers gave us a view of the works from the top of Hannibal House and ably fielded some tricky questions.
We continued up to Kings Cross to visit the new Granary Square and Central Saint Martin’s site (see photo), plus new buildings by David Chipperfield and Allies and Morrison, and a Dan Pearson garden.
After lunch in Victoria Park, vastly improved by recent investment, we rode via Hackney Wick and Fish Island to finish at the Olympic Park, looking at the Aquatic Centre and Velodrome, as well as the Athletes’ Village flats. Many of us were entertained by the ‘cyclist’s bedroom’ in a show flat, fully kitted out with all the latest designer cycling gear, magazines and décor – just showing how fashionable cycling is these days!
Thanks to Tessa and Tom for leading the ride.