Crossrail regeneration update

As Crossrail draws closer to its launch date, Future of London is returning to our research on how Europe's largest construction project is affecting development activity in the capital. Our 2014 report, Crossrail as Catalyst explored the ways local authorities were rising to the challenge of making sure areas with new stations benefit fully … [Read more...]

New programme: Smarter Cities

Smart Cities are a hot topic, seemingly offering huge scope for innovation to help solve intractable urban problems. But the concept can be hard to pin down, let alone integrate into the complex work already carried out by London’s local authorities and built environment sector. At the moment, getting started with Smart Cities projects can seem … [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...]

Housing Zones report launch

Housing Zones were introduced by the previous mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who designated 31 areas to receive funding and support to develop difficult sites. Interest in the programme has been so high that bid requests have outstripped the funding available. Future of London’s Housing Zones Progress Report, launched 26 January, concludes that … [Read more...]

Alan Cherry Debate summary

Can the public sector lead on housing supply post-Brexit? Stacked against obstacles alone, the answer to the above should be “no”. London local authorities must serve rapidly changing and growing populations with shrinking budgets, conflicting policy pressures and yet-to-be-defined fiscal powers under business rates reform. The Autumn Statement … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Hackney Wick and Fish Island visit

Hackney Wick and Fish Island (HWFI) have the highest density of artists’ workspace in the UK, and are expected to provide a significant amount of the employment space in the Olympic Park area. Situated along the River Lea and adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the areas are in neighbouring boroughs (Hackney and Tower Hamlets), and since … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Matching event, 1 Dec

As part of Future of London’s 2016 Workspace that Works programme, we've been exploring how SME workspace provision can contribute to regeneration and economic development. To bring that to its practical conclusion, we're pleased to announce a 1st December matching event that will give landlords (councils, developers and property owners) an … [Read more...]

Housing Zones Network: GLA & Zone Update

The GLA’s Housing Zones programme is supporting the delivery of 75,000 homes across 31 zones by 2025, aiming for 25,000 more than initially promised. Future of London’s Housing Zones Network, backed by the GLA,  supports public-sector organisations delivering these ambitious initiatives through practical knowledge and best practice. On 20th … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Brixton

Brixton, in the London Borough of Lambeth, is a popular south London retail and leisure destination, with a thriving high street attracting 70m people a year. The area has excellent transport links but has poor accessibility in places and lacks office space. As with elsewhere in London, existing workspace is under threat from rising rents and … [Read more...]

London workspace workshop

With employment land under increasing pressure from housing, and with the coming devolution of business rates opening opportunities for revenue generation, workspace provision is an increasingly hot topic for local authorities. On 13th June, Future of London brought together public-sector practitioners involved in workspace provision to share best … [Read more...]