A future for Wimbledon
It was with great foresight that the business funded Love Wimbledon (Business Improvement District) chaired by WSM's senior partner, Paul Windsor, in conjunction with the regeneration team from Merton Council, initiated the Future Wimbledon conference, held in the town centre last week.
The gathering was planned as an initiative to move forward ideas on Wimbledon's built environment and to help the town to capitalise on its international reputation by attracting inward investment. Wimbledon's geographical location as a key hub in South West London, its young and well educated demographic and its unique multiplicity of transport links, surely puts it in a strong position to attract the very best office and retail occupiers.
World renowned architect Lord Rogers delivered a keynote speech in which he presented ideas of a pedestrianised Wimbledon 'Ramblas' and the conference also attracted deputy mayor of London Kit Malthouse, a sure sign that SW19 is firmly on the radar in the highest circles of government, particularly now that cross rail 2 is planned to surface in the town centre.
Theo Phaphitis rounded off the conference saying that Wimbledon was a great place to do business and that we should build carefully on the existing attributes. If we put in energy, innovative thinking and high quality long term plans in place, we will continue to be able to share a vibrant and sought after location, offering the very best environment in which to work, live, rest and play.