Funding climate change resilience

On 24 May, Future of London brought together senior representatives from local authorities, housing associations, developers and other organisations to discuss mechanisms to pay for schemes that address short-term environmental stresses and long-term resilience in London - and to explore how equity can be built into these programmes. This was … [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...]

Capturing Value – Briefing

Everything in the London Infrastructure Plan 2050 comes back to investment. Upgrading and building the systems required to accommodate London’s growth to 2050 could cost up to £1.3tn. This means almost twice the current expenditure by 2025, a gap which cannot be covered by the public sector. New mechanisms are needed – and the property market … [Read more...]

Delivering Infill Development – Briefing

The London Infrastructure Plan 2050 is approaching its conclusion, as the GLA analyses responses to its 2014 consultation and prepares to release a final report by the end of March. Throughout the plan’s development, Future of London has delivered our London 2050 programme, exploring key delivery and governance issues that the Capital will face … [Read more...]

Surface Tension: Underground London’s impact on the world above

On 26th November, Future of London held the third event in our London 2050 series, Surface Tension: Underground London’s impact on the world above. This half-day conference was kindly sponsored by Arup, and brought together public- and private-sector planners, transport experts, engineers and archaeologists to discuss best practice in managing … [Read more...]

New paper: Working Beyond Boundaries

Consultation on the Mayor’s London Infrastructure Plan 2050 closes today, October 31st. To support this critical effort and help round out responses to the plan, Future of London has issued its first ‘London 2050’ briefing paper, on what must be done to smooth the capital’s inevitable expansion beyond Greater London Authority boundaries. In June … [Read more...]

Roundtable: Capturing Value

Designed partly to supplement the Mayor’s draft Infrastructure Investment Plan, Future of London’s multi-part London 2050 programme looks at the spatial and practical aspects of accommodating growth. It started with an internal FoL Steering Group presentation, and expanded to a June 2014 session at City Hall: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?. … [Read more...]

Conference: Surface Tension

Designed partly to supplement the Mayor’s draft Infrastructure Investment Plan, Future of London’s multi-part London 2050 programme looks at the spatial and practical aspects of accommodating growth. It started with an internal FoL Steering Group presentation, and expanded to a June 2014 session at City Hall: London 2050 – Grow up or grow … [Read more...]

Getting on the map

BBC Two’s The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway has mesmerised viewers with insights into the huge engineering challenge of building Crossrail. The three-part documentary series follows the technical complexities of constructing Crossrail, from the 140m tunnel-boring machines to treating archaeological finds unearthed along the way. The programme … [Read more...]

Growing up, out and in-between

How London grows is critical to the city’s future: its competitiveness, resilience, quality of life, and equity rest on how it unfolds. The Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Investment Plan is grounded in this, considering the systems needed to underpin growth, how they could be delivered, and – importantly – how they could be funded. What form the … [Read more...]