A LEADING Newcastle architect who was born in London has been invited to become an expert adviser to Boris Johnson.
Outgoing Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) President Colin Haylock has accepted an invitation to join the Mayor of London’s Design Advisory Group. He joins other new members and established advisers – including Sir Terry Farrell and past RIBA President Sunand Prassad – in a 16-strong group of design experts.
The group will advise the mayor through to 2016 and play a significant role in shaping future developments which fall under the mayor’s responsibility through his regeneration, housing and land powers.
Haylock is an architect-planner who has worked in regeneration throughout a 35-year career. He said: “As someone who grew up in London it is an honour to be invited to join an exceptional group of advisers to the mayor at a time when London faces great challenges of growth and change.
“I am looking forward particularly to working with the mayor and his team on his aspirations to use the Olympic legacy and the planned eastwards growth of London to reduce the social, economic and environmental differences between East and West London.”
Haylock grew up in south west London but has been based in Newcastle throughout his working life and is the first North East-based President of the RTPI since 1945. He now runs a specialist consultancy, Haylock Planning and Design and is a visiting lecturer at University College London and Newcastle University.