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...]

London boroughs vital for Build to Rent

‘Build to Rent’ housing designed and managed specifically for private renters is on the rise in London – there were four times as many private rented sector (PRS) schemes in development at the end of 2016 than in the previous seven years.[1] The new wave of institutionally-funded products focus on functional design, bespoke management, community … [Read more...]

The role of Build to Rent in London’s Housing Mix

Build to Rent – purpose-built development for the rental market – is picking up speed and attracting investment in London. While it has the potential to provide a much-needed boost to supply, local authorities and their housing association partners need to ensure that new housing developments meet local need. On 27 July, Future of London brought … [Read more...]

Build to Rent – London’s new intermediate tenure?

The private rented sector is London’s fastest growing housing tenure; between 2001 and 2011 it almost doubled. Whilst just a fraction of those tenants currently live in purpose-built rental properties, investors, the Greater London Authority and, increasingly, local authorities are recognising the potential of Build to Rent in London. It’s early … [Read more...]

Effective Partnerships for a More Resilient London

On 20 April, Future of London brought 18 senior representatives from local authorities, housing associations, consultancies, law and insurance to discuss partnership working to improve London’s resilience to climate change. This was the second roundtable in our major research project, Managing London’s Exposure to Climate Change. (A summary of … [Read more...]

A Social Lettings Agency for London? Viability and potential

Since the 2011 Localism Act empowered local authorities to house homeless residents within the private rented sector, the need to connect and collaborate with private landlords has grown. As many registered providers withdraw from the temporary accommodation market, and council stock fails to keep pace with rising demand, councils are investigating … [Read more...]

Stresses and Shocks – How prepared is London for climate change?

If all goes well at this month’s COP21 UN climate conference, world leaders will agree on new collective action to address climate change. With 2015 set to be the warmest year on record and unmistakeable signs of climate change acceleration, the impetus for global action is clear. If governments with vastly different agendas and resources can agree … [Read more...]