In Urban Manifesto Series , we are creating a manifesto for a happier, healthier and liveable urban future as the world transitions from the COVID emergency into a new era. In this session we discuss “ Future of Development” with Jonny Anstead’s , founding Director of TOWN and Surendra Hiranandani, Founder and Managing Director, House of Hiranandani.
Urban Manifesto is co-hosted by Lucy Bullivant, place strategist, author & founder of Urbanista.org and Prathima Manohar, founder of think-do-tank The Urban Vision. We are partnering with the Architecture Foundation as part of its ongoing 100 Day Studio online initiative: https://www.architecturefoundation.or…
Jonny is founding Director of TOWN, a developer with a focus on delivering well-designed and sustainable homes, streets and neighbourhoods. Set up in 2014, TOWN works at varying scales, including community-led housing projects of 20–40 homes, mixed-use, residential-led town centre regeneration schemes, and large-scale urban extensions. TOWN is the developer of Marmalade Lane, a 42-home cohousing project in Cambridge. At larger scale, Jonny is leading TOWN’s work on a 5,500-home new quarter of Cambridge, in partnership with U+I Plc.
Surendra Hiranandani, Founder and Managing Director, House of Hiranandani has the distinction of transforming barren land into some of India’s most vibrant lifespaces. The real estate projects undertaken by his firm over the years across Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad visibly blend aesthetic beauty with practicality and sustenance. He is a pioneer in introducing indigenous species of trees and shrubs into the fabric of urban communities. Today his company is synonymous with innovation, quality construction, superior design and adherence to delivery schedules. Surendra Hiranandani has been globally recognised for his outstanding contribution to the real estate sector, particularly for his architectural acumen. He has also been honoured with numerous awards such as, for adapting the best of foreign technology to the skills of Indian engineering and labour artistry by the American Concrete Institute; not to mention a fellowship from the Indian Plumbing Association for his contribution to the plumbing profession – He is credited with the introduction of copper plumbing and the use of fly ash in concrete across the country.