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work for them,  it’s clear that all-white-male panels are not only unrepresentative, but increasingly unappealing and outdated.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...]

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...]

Housing Zones report launch

Housing Zones were introduced by the previous mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who designated 31 areas to receive funding and support to develop difficult sites. Interest in the programme has been so high that bid requests have outstripped the funding available. Future of London’s Housing Zones Progress Report, launched 26 January, concludes that … [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...]

Design Council Head of Cities to join FoL

  On behalf of the FoL team and board, I'm delighted to announce our permanent Head of Networks - Nicola Mathers, currently Head of the Cities Programme at Design Council, will start on 20th March. Nicola brings a wealth of expertise in strategy, senior stakeholder, technical and funding matters. In the Future of London role, … [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...]

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...]