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Pipers London Model

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The Pipers Model of Central London is a 1:1500 scale model of London that's free and accessible to the public. It's displayed in Store Street, London; The Docklands and North Greenwich section of the Pipers Model of Central London at the Building Centre, near Tottenham Court Roada short distance from tourist busy Tottenham Court Road. It goes without saying that you'd never stumble across it. The NLA (New London Architecture) has several other galleries at the Building Centre including 'London's history and plan' - which looks at the development of London since Roman times.

The Pipers Model is the centerpiece around which the other galleries are arranged. Pipers specialise in this form of urban model making and this version of London took 5,000 hours to complete. New, proposed buildings are shown in white, though again these are not cast in stone. It's not uncommon for last minute hitches to delay or cancel proposed builds. Doubly so when there's financial uncertaintly on the horizon and that's been a feature of daily life since 2008.

The model is full of swooping curves and stylish flourishes, covering the area from Paddington in the west to Greenwich and Docklands in the east. Key new development areas such as the Olympic site near Stratford and the proposed 'Riverside South' development, near Canary Wharf are also included. A similar model, though on a much smaller scale, existed in Canary Wharf when I lived there in the late nineties, showing the proposed towers which would one day surround the [lonely] One Canada Square tower at the time. It was abuzz with local homeowners looking to see where property prices were most likely to rocket by handy skyscrapers appearing on the doorstep.

I'm not suggesting it forms the basis of a full day out - more something of interest to divert to the next time you happen to be at the east end of Oxford Street. It's free and definitely worth a once over - and picture or two. Let the model-observing commence!

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am - 6.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

NLA Galleries, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

Nearest Tube: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road

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