Doing Even More with Even Less – Update, Spring 2017

As commentator Diane Coyle put it in the FT following the Spring Budget, productivity invariably looks higher when more services must be delivered with fewer people and less money, but "improving 'productivity' figures does not mean fiscal austerity has been delivering more for less. That would take a wholesale re-engineering of public … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Is the housing sector bold for change when it comes to gender equality?

This month’s Spotlight is a guest blog from Geeta Nanda - CEO at Thames Valley Housing, as first appeared in Inside Housing.  Opening the papers recently, I read about Eileen Burbridge – one of the most high-profile business women investing in tech companies – who was regularly assumed to be one of the office assistants, not the … [Read more...]

#DiversityPledgeLDN Anniversary and Alumni Meet-up

With more than 44% of London’s residents of BAME origin and 85% of Millennials saying an employer’s diversity record is key to deciding whether to work for them,  it’s clear that all-white-male panels are not only unrepresentative, but increasingly unappealing and outdated. Future of London’s Speaker Diversity Pledge, supported by the Mayor … [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 Most of Build to Rent – Report Launch

As part of our three-year research programme, Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector, Future of London has spent the last six months reviewing the Build to Rent landscape in London and investigating the roles that local authorities and housing associations are playing in its evolution. Informed by site visits and senior roundtables, the final … [Read more...]

Build to Rent: Design & Liveability

There are currently 33,411 Build to Rent units completed, under construction, or with planning permission in London (BPF 2016). Development activity is boosted by overseas providers such as the US ‘multi-family’ giant Greystar, who just submitted an application to develop 1,439 purpose-built homes for private rent on the former GlaxoSmithKline site … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Vantage Point visit

Speaking at the RESI conference last month, Theresa May’s new housing minister Gavin Barwell indicated a policy shift away from owner-occupation and Cameron’s “starter homes” initiative, and towards an increased focus on the private rented sector (PRS) to get more homes built. Essential Living is a UK company developing, designing and operating … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: LB Barking & Dagenham

Growing interest in London’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) from pension funds and other institutional investors is enabling the delivery of high-quality, purpose-built market-rented homes managed by single operators. A recent survey of institutional investors by Knight Frank indicated that by 2020, they would commit a total of £50bn to Build to Rent … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Aberfeldy Village visit

With a delivery target of over 3,900 homes per annum to 2025, LB Tower Hamlets has an ambitious housing growth strategy, of which Build to Rent is a key component. On 6 July, Future of London organised a field trip to Aberfeldy Village, a major estate regeneration scheme in Poplar, with a significant Build to Rent element. With the majority of … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Ealing Visit

Build to Rent has the ability to make a real difference to London’s housing needs, providing purposefully designed properties for rent with strong management, and a high quality customer experience. Increasingly, the Greater London Authority and local authorities are recognising the potential of this distinctive private rented sector (PRS) offer, … [Read more...]