Meet the man with a big vision for the jewellery industry.
Who has made it into the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2012 in association with The Company of Master Jewellers and supported by gold partner Ti Sento won’t be unveiled until September 4, so until then we are looking back to the leading lights of the jewellery industry who made it into the Hot 100 2011. Today is the turn of Peter Taylor, the man who oversaw the project and building of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, an innovative new jewellery hub in Clerkenwell, London.
Peter Taylor is a man with a big vision and a big dream for the British jewellery industry, to create something that will support everyone in the trade from apprentices just starting out to the finest craftspeople at the top of their game.
How he plans to do this is with the opening of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, a multimillion-pound initiative due to open later this year. Peter is leading the project that will create a brand new space in central London for the jewellery industry offering education classrooms, workshop areas, post-graduate education programmes, conference rooms, an exhibition space and even a cafe.
The project, in partnership with the London Development Agency, has allowed Peter focus on what he considers a significant investment in the future. The Goldsmiths’ Centre, which is located a stone’s throw from London’s Hatton Garden, has more than five floors and is located in the remaining structure of a Victorian School, which you can see Peter touring in his Hot 100 picture.
There have been some tough hurdles in the development of the centre, such as the moment archaeologists had to stop work on the site to dig out the area and the difficulties thrown up by building within a period property, but Peter believes all the hard work will be worth it.
What is emerging is a striking new premises for the jewellery industry; one that combines modern-day design with ancient windows, cornices and fireplaces. It is a building that has decades of history etched into its walls, and will have decades more yet to come.