Search Results for: placemaking

Measuring the Value of Placemaking

Placemaking is a multifaceted term, all too easily overshadowed by notions of Best Value or national policy drivers. Future of London brought a group of senior practitioners together on 23 February to explore what is/can be measured, notable gaps (and reasons why), and the tools and strategies that could drive a more consistent and holistic … [Read more...]

Placemaking: Debating the definitions

Placemaking is everywhere, literally and figuratively. But what does it really mean and who gets to define it? Which is the more important driver – place or people? Can public, private and community placemaking priorities be better aligned to create places that work for everyone? And who should foot the bill? On 8 February, Future of London … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Valuing placemaking

This month's Spotlight is a guest blog from Chris Paddock, Director at Regeneris and partner on our 2017 placemaking programme. From Abbey Wood to Yiewsley, London is a dynamic mosaic of some 1,500 distinctive places. Within its jurisdiction, the London Plan identifies more than 1,400 “activity centres” from international districts such as … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: report launch

Small and micro businesses (SMEs) with fewer than 50 employees make up 99% of all businesses and 41% of employment in London, but workspace here is under threat from office-to-residential conversion and a historically rapid loss of industrial land. Future of London’s Workspace that Works report – based on a year-long programme of research and … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent in London – report launch

London is more reliant than ever on its private rented sector (PRS), including over 250,000 households with children.[i] Both public and private sectors are recognising the potential of new-build PRS development – often dubbed ‘Build to Rent’ – as an alternative to the existing PRS and its challenges. This sub-sector of the PRS is undoubtedly … [Read more...]

Making the Case for Place

Placemaking is everywhere, literally and figuratively. Agreeing what it means is less universal, which can lead to problems securing stakeholder buy-in, with knock-on impacts for funding and planning consent. Some focus on bricks-mortar-landscaping choices and how excellent urban space also delivers rental uplift. Others laud the community or … [Read more...]

Delivering major transport schemes in London

As London’s population climbs towards 10 million, transportation infrastructure must be upgraded and expanded to meet demand. These major infrastructure schemes are about more than moving people around; they present opportunities to unlock new housing, boost employment, facilitate regeneration and contribute to placemaking. Through a panel of … [Read more...]

The future of transport: challenges and opportunities

In October, the GLA published A City for All Londoners, setting out London’s top challenges and opportunities throughout key policy areas. The new Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) will build on this document and determine London’s transport priorities for the next 25 years, ensuring integration of transport with spatial and economic development, … [Read more...]

Exploring the potential of London’s Business Improvement Districts

The London Enterprise Panel and the Greater London Authority have commissioned Future of London and Rocket Science to undertake a research project on London’s Business Improvement Districts. As the Capital approaches the Mayor’s target of 50 BIDs by 2016, this project will take stock of achievements to date, assess the current state of BIDs in … [Read more...]

Town Centres summary highlights attitudes over assets

The summary of Future of London’s summer conference, Creating Resilient Town Centres, is now online. Speakers gave insight into topical case studies along with strategies and best practice for reinforcing, rethinking and reinventing town centres – old and new, large and small. What emerged as we assembled the summary was that the … [Read more...]