Placemaking field trip: King’s Cross

Over two decades in the making, King’s Cross is one of Europe’s largest redevelopment sites. Upon completion in 2020, King’s Cross will provide up to 2,000 homes, 10 new public spaces and a mix of commercial, retail, hotel, leisure and educational uses. On 25 April, Future of London visited King’s Cross to learn about the placemaking strategies … [Read more...]

28 June placemaking conference

Our 2017 placemaking programme is in full swing: we’ve held a debate, roundtable and workshop; several field trips are planned throughout spring and summer; and we’re excited to announce early details of our 28 June conference. This full-day event, sponsored by Countryside Properties, Lendlease, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Arup and Regeneris, … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Working together to deliver healthy placemaking

This month’s Spotlight is a guest blog from Naomi Pomfret, Planning Policy Manager at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham; Dr Fiona Wright, Consultant in Public Health; and John Craig, Care City Chief Executive.   It is easy to say that better collaboration leads to better outcomes and that a better environment improves health. But … [Read more...]

Communicating placemaking priorities

Perspectives on the role and value of placemaking in London’s public realm can vary widely, if not wildly. Community groups, residents, businesses, landowners, councils, developers, cultural or educational organisations and other service providers may have different expectations of improving a place, with commercial, environmental and social … [Read more...]

Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities roundtable

Through winter 2016-17, with the backing of LB Ealing and LB Southwark, Future of London interviewed public- and private-sector planning professionals to understand the inefficiencies and blockages in development management – and to unearth proven and potential ways to improve. Those findings are  and fed into a senior roundtable on 7 … [Read more...]

Future London Leaders 14: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 14 wrapped on 15th March with 'Proposals for London' about placemaking in London, tying in with our 2017 placemaking programme. The final task before graduation, this was an invitation to combine research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience. In addition to leadership skills sessions, … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Matching Event

Throughout 2016, our Workspace that Works programme introduced Future of London and our network to many workspace operators, local authorities and other property owners working to deliver crucial employment space while contributing to regeneration throughout the city. With support from Potter Raper Partnership, FoL tied the programme … [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...]

Workspace that Works: Park Royal

Located along the fringe of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation’s operating boundary, North Acton is seeing significant change. New student accommodation and residential development will soon be accompanied by mixed-use regeneration. In late November, Future of London ran its final 2016 Workspace field trip to Park Royal to … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Wood Green

While Tottenham Hale is LB Haringey’s most prominent redevelopment scheme, employment-led regeneration in Wood Green is a key priority for the council. The London Plan identifies Wood Green as an opportunity area capable of creating up to 4,000 jobs and up to 7,000 new homes; for LB Haringey, workspace is an important element in reviving Wood Green … [Read more...]