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...]

Roundtable: Engaging private tenant communities

Engaging private tenant communities – a new remit for the public sector? With local authorities having more powers than ever to improve their PRS, it is in their interests to improve dialogue with private tenants. But it isn’t always easy – they are a disparate group, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The final component of Future of … [Read more...]

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 models 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...]