View from the Chair

Stuart Blake

Stuart Blake

With great regret we have to report the very sad news that Stuart, Chairman of BRA, died suddenly on the evening of 7 April. Stuart joined the BRA Committee in 2005 and took on responsibility for the production of the Newsletter. As an advertising copywriter […]

DEATH ON KING STREET?

DEATH ON KING STREET?

On the HammersmithToday Discussion Forum recently, a question was posed: is Kings Mall in terminal decline? I would go one step further and ask, is the whole of King Street in terminal decline? Walking down can be a depressing experience, with boarded up shops, discount […]

SIZE MATTERS

SIZE MATTERS

No matter how many times I look at architectural drawings, plans and models of a building plus discussions with architects about its massing or the nuances of the exterior cladding, it is only when the building starts to take shape for real do I have […]

ARE YOU A GOOD NEIGHBOUR?

ARE YOU A GOOD NEIGHBOUR?

Back in March I wrote about the increase in basement extensions going on around us. Fortunately, none seem to have reached the epic proportions that can be seen in the finer parts of Kensington & Chelsea, Chiswick, or even Barnes. Our council has sensibly restricted […]

HAPPY AUTUMN

HAPPY AUTUMN

Autumn in Brackenbury is definitely my favourite season of all. Every year I feel the same… those bright colours completely change the streets. The temperatures get a bit chilly but still warm enough to leave scarves and gloves at home; the sun goes down earlier […]

A HEALTHY CHOICE?

A HEALTHY CHOICE?

I noticed two contradictory statements about the health of Hammersmith and Fulham the other day. One said we were one of the most polluted areas in the UK. The second said we’re the healthiest place in London. Well, make up your minds everyone. Let’s see […]

CONSERVATION AREAS ARE WORTH CONSERVING

CONSERVATION AREAS ARE WORTH CONSERVING

Satellite dishes, road widening schemes, wanton tree felling, and the haphazard demolition of beautiful buildings. These, you might sigh, are the inescapable evils of modern living. Aren’t they? Well no, not if you live in a conservation area. Since the mid 1960s, local councils have […]

LIFE IS BETTER IN FLIP FLOPS

LIFE IS BETTER IN FLIP FLOPS

Looking out of my window at the rain pouring down, it doesn’t seem my summer shorts and flip flops will be coming out just yet. But a certain event at Abbotsbury Swannery tells me all is not lost. Since records began in 1393, legend has […]

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS

Bridges touch all our lives. Every day we are likely to cross or go under a bridge. Some become icons for whole cities – think of New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, Brunel’s Clifton Bridge in Bristol, or our very own Tower Bridge. Closer […]