Field Trip Series: Communities in Transition

In October 2013, Future of London launched a series of practitioner-led field trips to areas of London where boroughs, resident and business organisations and developers are working together to deliver successful community regeneration.

The series gives participants a first-hand experience of locally-directed regeneration, from two different perspectives: First, how can boroughs, housing associations and developers utilise local knowledge and aspirations to create economically viable areas integrated into existing communities? Second, how can formal and informal groups use the tools available through localism to join the discussion, and get the neighbourhoods they need?

The focus of Communities in Transition is on priorities; mechanisms and relationships; and out-of-the-box thinking. It’s a given that what works in one neighbourhood may not translate wholesale to another, but the goal of the series is to give participants an array of ideas to ‘try at home’ along with a broader array of contacts.

The core audience is public-sector practitioners in planning, housing, regeneration, economic development and related areas. Private-sector practitioners are welcome to join on a space-available basis. This is an opportunity to learn first-hand from key stakeholders in successful regeneration schemes, in an informal and interactive atmosphere.

Typically, trips start with short presentations at a key venue, include practitioner-guided walks with one or two stops, and end with a chance to network over coffee or drinks.

Upcoming Communities in Transition trips:

Whitechapel (LB Tower Hamlets), 28th May 2015, 3-5pm

Our second Communities in Transition field trip of 2015 will be to Whitechapel on 28th May, to see how the healthcare and life sciences sector is driving development in the area.

This visit, in partnership with LB Tower Hamlets, will look at how local authorities can support growth in London’s life sciences sector; how healthcare institutions can contribute to local regeneration goals; and how to ensure local communities benefit from science and technology investment.

See the event page for further details


Previous Communities in Transition trips:

Wembley (LB Brent), 15th April 2015

Speakers: Alex Hearn, Regeneration Manager for Wembley, LB Brent, Anne Clements, Senior Planning Manager, Quintain, Jo Sloman, Scrutiny Manager, London Assembly

This visit looked at the impact of Wembley stadium on development and regeneration in the surrounding area, including the Brent Civic Centre, London Designer Outlet, and Wembley High Street. Summary to follow.


Colindale (LB Barnet), 8th October 2014


Speakers: Martin Smith, Regeneration Manager, LB Barnet, Adam Driscoll, Infrastructure Planning & Delivery Manager, LB Barnet, Ruth Miller, Colindale Project Manager, LB Barnet, Matt Rumble, Development Manager, Genesis, Polly Boardman,  Social and Economic Regeneration Manager, Genesis, Paul Bragman, Regneration Consultant, Community Regen.

This visit explored Colindale’s new developments, including the Grahame Park estate renewal programme and Barnet’s new Open Space Strategy – see here for a full write-up.


Nine Elms (LB Lambeth & LB Wandsworth), 20th September 2014

DSC_0049_091-330Speakers: Helen Fisher, Programme Director, Nine Elms on the South Bank, Sarah Banham, Director of communications, Battersea Power Station Development Company, Carly Cudmore,  Planning Specialist, Environment Agency, Ian Ruegg, Development Manager, LB Wandsworth, Helen Evans, Director of Business Development and Support, New Covent Garden Market Authority, Andrew Dorrian, Planner, Transport for London, Iago Griffith, Neighbourhood Regeneration Officer, LB Lambeth.

This visit explored different aspects of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area, including co-ordinating private sector development, financing new infrastructure, and creating an environmentally resilient built environment.

See here for a full write-up of the VNEB visit.


Westway (RB Kensington & Chelsea), 29th May 2014

Speakers included: Angela McConville, Chief Executive, Westway Trust; Lisa Pearce, Director of Sport and Leisure, Westway Trust; Louise Wolsey, Director of Development, Westway Trust; Lynda Rosenior-Patten, Head of Partnerships and Culture, Westway Trust; Les Banks, Operations Manager, Nu-Line; Tim Burke, Manager, Portobello Pop-up Cinema

Together with Westway Trust, this visit to North Kensington brought together practitioners from across London to learn how the trust has transformed the space under the A40 motorway for the benefit of the local community.

See here for a full write-up of the Westway field trip.

Woodberry Down (LB Hackney), 29th April 2014



Offered in conjunction with Green Sky Thinking week.
Speakers: David Lange, LB Hackney; Ann Griffin, Development & Renewal Manager, Genesis HA; Matthew Bell, Group Head of External Affairs, Berkeley Group; Simon Donovan, Director, Manor House Development Trust; Andy Hunt, Director, Quod; Geoff Bell, Chair, Woodberry Down Community Organisation

Five years into this significant estate regeneration programme, we brought together key stakeholders to discuss social sustainability and the pressures facing council, developers, housing providers and community groups on such a large project.

See here for a full write-up of the Woodberry Down field trip.

Shoreditch (LB Hackney), 30th October 2013

Boxpark Ross Thompson
Speakers: Andrew Sissons, Head of Regeneration Delivery, LB Hackney; Duncan Ray, Shoreditch Town Centre Manager; Josh Tobin, Asset Manager, Derwent London; Ross Thompson, General Manager, Boxpark

Our visit to Shoreditch looked at how Hackney Council has worked with local businesses to promote the area, and to make sure development does not kill its lively atmosphere. We looked at two temporary use projects, promotion of independent businesses, and the Council’s approach to attracting the right type of development.

See here for a full write-up on the Shoreditch field trip.


Bermondsey (LB Southwark), 8th October 2013

Speakers: Chris Brown, Igloo Regeneration; Stephen Platts, Director of Regeneration, LB Southwark; Michael Davis, Public Realm Secretary and former chair, Bermondsey Street Area Partnership; John Paul Maytum, Chair, and Andy Bates, Manager, Leathermarket JMB; and Honey Luard of White Cube Bermondsey.

Bermondsey has been at the forefront of numerous citizen-led initiatives; this visit brought together representatives from key initiatives to  talk about the benefits to the community and to the Council of these institutions and how these can be replicated in other parts of the Capital.

See here for a full write-up on the Bermondsey field trip.