Leaders Plus 4: Proposals for London

Leaders Plus Round 4 wrapped up on 12 July with ‘Proposals for London’, a series of ground-breaking interventions inspired by the cohort's case study: Deptford, LB Lewisham. The final task before graduation, the presentations combined original research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience. The audience included mentors, FoL board … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Executive Summary

‘Build to Rent’ housing designed and managed specifically for private renters is on the rise in London – there were four times as many private rented sector (PRS) schemes in development at the end of 2016 than in the previous seven years.[ref]Molior (2016) Q3 PRS Research (membership required to access)[/ref] In January 2017, Future of London … [Read more...]

Workspace matching event, 5 Oct

Future of London's 2016 Workspace that Works programme showed that SME workspace is vital to bringing life to London's communities, generating innovation, sustaining local economies, and supporting skills development. Co-working space is now one of London’s most active property sectors, and finding the right partner – for the space, tenure, … [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 across London; and our 28 June conference, our largest event to  date. The full-day conference, sponsored by Countryside Properties, Lendlease, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Arup and Regeneris, looked at the value of … [Read more...]

Perspectives: Placemaking beyond King’s Cross

If you’re talking placemaking in London, the conversation will inevitably turn to King’s Cross, one of Europe’s largest, longest-running and most widely acclaimed regeneration schemes. Future of London kick-started the field trip element of our 2017 placemaking programme with a visit to King’s Cross in April. The trip had more than 150 … [Read more...]

Placemaking field trip: Thamesmead

With two housing zones, a committed DLR extension, a Crossrail station, over £1bn of investment and a place within the GLA’s Thames Estuary Production Corridor, Thamesmead appears set to overturn its negative reputation linked to the perceived failures of post-war planning. Previous Future of London programmes have reviewed estate renewal and … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Business rates and regeneration

London generates around 30% of national business rates income, despite being home to only 16% of the country’s businesses.[ref]London Councils, Self-sufficient local government: 100% Business Rates Retention[/ref] The tax – paid by businesses, based on the value of the property they occupy – has traditionally been collected by local government … [Read more...]

Placemaking field trip: Ladbroke Grove

Ladbroke Grove is an iconic place in London, with markets, independent businesses, nightlife, arts, festivals and a diverse resident population animating the area against the backdrop of the imposing Westway flyover. On 23 May, Future of London visited the area as part of our 2017 placemaking programme. Regeneration charity Westway Trust started … [Read more...]

Future London Leaders 15: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 15 wrapped on 14th June with ‘Proposals for London’ about Smarter Cities, tying in with our 2017 Smarter Cities 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, the FLL15 programme … [Read more...]

Update: Diversity Pledge & Network

  Tackling under-representation – what can we do as a sector? In the lead-up to the General Election, BBC News reported that in nearly half of London's constituencies, there was not a single candidate from an ethnic minority background standing for the main political parties, though five of those constituencies have a population of over 50% … [Read more...]