Crossrail regeneration update

As Crossrail draws closer to its launch date, Future of London is returning to our research on how Europe's largest construction project is affecting development activity in the capital. Our 2014 report, Crossrail as Catalyst explored the ways local authorities were rising to the challenge of making sure areas with new stations benefit fully … [Read more...]

New programme: Smarter Cities

Smart Cities are a hot topic, seemingly offering huge scope for innovation to help solve intractable urban problems. But the concept can be hard to pin down, let alone integrate into the complex work already carried out by London’s local authorities and built environment sector. At the moment, getting started with Smart Cities projects can seem … [Read more...]

Making housing delivery vehicles work

Cross-sector partnerships are on the rise again in the quest to deliver housing and regeneration more effectively. The emphasis now is on structures that give councils more control and help them retain assets for long-term revenue, but most models, from joint ventures through council-owned companies to new tenures and types, are relatively new; … [Read more...]

Placemaking field trip: King’s Cross

Over two decades in the making, King’s Cross is one of Europe’s largest redevelopment sites. Upon completion in 2020, King’s Cross will provide up to 2,000 homes, 10 new public spaces and a mix of commercial, retail, hotel, leisure and educational uses. On 25 April, Future of London visited King’s Cross to learn about the placemaking strategies … [Read more...]

28 June placemaking conference

Our 2017 placemaking programme is in full swing: we’ve held a debate, roundtable and workshop; several field trips are planned throughout spring and summer; and we’re excited to announce early details of our 28 June conference. This full-day event, sponsored by Countryside Properties, Lendlease, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Arup and Regeneris, … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Working together to deliver healthy placemaking

This month’s Spotlight is a guest blog from Naomi Pomfret, Planning Policy Manager at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham; Dr Fiona Wright, Consultant in Public Health; and John Craig, Care City Chief Executive.   It is easy to say that better collaboration leads to better outcomes and that a better environment improves health. But … [Read more...]

Communicating placemaking priorities

Perspectives on the role and value of placemaking in London’s public realm can vary widely, if not wildly. Community groups, residents, businesses, landowners, councils, developers, cultural or educational organisations and other service providers may have different expectations of improving a place, with commercial, environmental and social … [Read more...]

Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities roundtable

Through winter 2016-17, with the backing of LB Ealing and LB Southwark, Future of London interviewed public- and private-sector planning professionals to understand the inefficiencies and blockages in development management – and to unearth proven and potential ways to improve. Those findings are  and fed into a senior roundtable on 7 … [Read more...]

Housing Zones Network: GLA zones update

The GLA’s Housing Zones programme is supporting the delivery of 75,000 homes across 31 zones by 2025, aiming for 25,000 more than initially promised. Future of London’s Housing Zones Network, backed by the GLA and Potter Raper Partnership, supports public-sector organisations delivering these ambitious initiatives through … [Read more...]

Future London Leaders 14: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 14 wrapped on 15th March with 'Proposals for London' about placemaking in London, tying in with our 2017 placemaking programme. The final task before graduation, this was an invitation to combine research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience. In addition to leadership skills sessions, … [Read more...]