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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Workspace that Works: research forum

Throughout 2016, Future of London's Workspace that Works programme has been complemented by other organisations in London carrying out their own workspace research. Our Workspace Research Forum on 9 November, hosted by London Councils, brought together some of this research with Pecha Kucha-style presentations from cross-sector professionals. … [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...]

Brexit update: Resilience, lobbying key

Future of London’s second cross-sector Brexit briefing was understandably more sobering than our first, on 15th July. As keynote Tony Travers said both times, early impacts were not as dire as expected – in part because, as Bilfinger GVA’s Gerry Hughes noted, Brexit is not a debt-led crisis like 2008, and because, as both Travers and … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: City of London

Of the City of London’s 10,000 small businesses, nearly one quarter – employing 80,000 workers – are located in flexible workspaces. Demand for workspace in the City is increasing as working styles at both corporate and SME levels are changing. On 30 August, Future of London led a field trip to City of London workspaces as part of our Workspace … [Read more...]