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Foresight, Tenacity, Vision: Essays to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the 1974 Housing Act (2014)

In 2014, the 1974 Housing Act reached its 40th anniversary: one of the key pieces of legislation which secured cross-party support. To mark the occasion, Wild Research, in collaboration with housing provider Peabody, commissioned a selection of leading individuals from across the property sector to examine the history of the Act, its subsequent impact and how it has shaped housing policy to this day.

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Strands of History: Northbank Revealed (2014)

Strands of History examines the history of the Northbank area of London, from Trafalgar Square along the Strand and the Victoria Embankment as far as the Royal Courts of Justice. The area encompasses countless landmarks, and the report unpicks the stories of the palaces, theatres, churches and hotels that give the Northbank its distinctive feel.

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Time and Tide: The History of the Harwich Haven Authority (2013)

We were commissioned by the Harwich Haven Authority to produce Time & Tide, a fully illustrated 130 page history to commemorate its 150th anniversary.

The hardback, full-colour book features a wealth of research from the Authority’s archives.

 
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SW1, London Victoria: Past, Present, Future (2012)

Commissioned by the Victoria Business Improvement District, SW1, London Victoria charts the recent rejuvenation and newfound vibrancy of what was previously — if inexplicably — an “unfashionable and soulless”, area of London.

Beginning with “Victoria before Victoria” the book examines the varied history of the area, before moving on to the recent transformation and the possibilities for the future.

The book is perfect bound and contains colour illustrations throughout.

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Robin Hood Gardens, Blackwall Reach: A search for a sense of place (2012)

Commissioned by Swan Housing Group, this report documents the battle of wills between admirers of the Brutalist tenement block, designed by architects Alison and Peter Smithson, and those (including both owners and residents) who preferred to see it demolished.

Despite an attempt to have the building listed, the area is now being redeveloped, and the publication studies how plans submitted by the Swan Housing Group aims to avoid the mistakes of the past.