The Johnson era

MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Prior to becoming Mayor in 2008 you stated that "we had the epoch of the Georgians, and the Johnson era will also be one of outstanding quality… I will take direct, personal responsibility for architectural quality" [The Observer, 20 April 2008]. As you approach the end of your second and final term, a constituent asks how you would sum up the architectural legacy of your time in office? Which building best sums up the "Johnson era"?


Answer for The Johnson era

Answer for The Johnson era

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Rather than building I would say buildings. When I became Mayor one of my earliest priorities was the introduction of the London Housing Design Guide. As you are aware I had pledged to put an end to rabbit hutch homes, something the previous administration had conspicuously failed to address. The success of this guidance has I think has been one of the outstanding legacies of my Mayoralty. It has driven a step change in the quality of housing in London, and if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then I am flattered that recent national housing guidance has largely followed in the footsteps of my guidance and that Manchester is seeking to adopt guidance based on my London guidance.

Like the Georgians we need to build large numbers of new homes to accommodate our ever growing city and like the Georgians we are now delivering homes that are desirable to live in and will stand the test of time. Georgian London was in large part brick built, a robust material that has stood the test of time. The Georgians also established their own vernacular of simply detailed, well-proportioned homes that could be effectively reproduced at a large scale. The new London vernacular established under my mayoralty shares the key attributes of their Georgian forebears.