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Purcell’s Twentieth Century Heritage Consultant, Jon Wright, is presenting a series of films which will premiere on the Open House weekend of the 19th and 20th of September 2020.

Open House is an annual festival celebrating London’s urban and architectural landscape. This year, as a result of the pandemic and the need for social distancing, Open House will involve a combination of online programmes, talks, self-guided walking tours, and building visits which will allow London’s visitors and locals to appreciate and learn about the city’s rich heritage.

For three decades, the Open House festival has been welcoming people of all backgrounds to share the history, spaces and fabric of our city. This year, Open House will be a festival of rediscovering the richness of the city after months stuck inside — a jump-start for local economics and celebration of the buildings, parks and places that we’ve all been missing.

Sian Milliner, Head of Open House festival
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In collaboration with Open City, Jon presents two films which illustrate his expertise in architectural history, place and conservation issues. In the first film on the 19th of September, Jon discusses Peter Barber Architects’ work in Enfield where the practice has produced striking council housing.

In a second film also premiering on the 19th, Jon discusses the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, which is a Georgian townhouse built by Robert and James Adam in 1776-1780. The building has been home to the Polish Embassy in London since 1921 while also housing a collection of Polish artworks.

As we renegotiate our relationship with a London that has been closed for so many for so long, the 2020 Open House festival will help reconnect Londoners with London featuring programme built around safe ways to explore the streets of the city on foot and bike with sociable, active ways to participate in the festival from home too.

Sian Milliner, Head of Open House festival

Battersea Power Station in London is one of Open House's Model buildings of 2020. Alongside Wilkinson Eyre, Purcell were commissioned to work on the masterplan and placemaking of the Power Station to rediscover Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s original vision, whilst safeguarding the building’s heritage and securing its sustainable future. To learn about the project, please click here.