London boroughs vital for Build to Rent

‘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.[1] The new wave of institutionally-funded products focus on functional design, bespoke management, community … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Matching Event

Throughout 2016, our Workspace that Works programme introduced Future of London and our network to many workspace operators, local authorities and other property owners working to deliver crucial employment space while contributing to regeneration throughout the city. With support from Potter Raper Partnership, FoL tied the programme … [Read more...]

Making the Case for Place

Placemaking is everywhere, literally and figuratively. Agreeing what it means is less universal, which can lead to problems securing stakeholder buy-in, with knock-on impacts for funding and planning consent. Some focus on bricks-mortar-landscaping choices and how excellent urban space also delivers rental uplift. Others laud the community or … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Park Royal

Located along the fringe of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation’s operating boundary, North Acton is seeing significant change. New student accommodation and residential development will soon be accompanied by mixed-use regeneration. In late November, Future of London ran its final 2016 Workspace field trip to Park Royal to … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Wood Green

While Tottenham Hale is LB Haringey’s most prominent redevelopment scheme, employment-led regeneration in Wood Green is a key priority for the council. The London Plan identifies Wood Green as an opportunity area capable of creating up to 4,000 jobs and up to 7,000 new homes; for LB Haringey, workspace is an important element in reviving Wood Green … [Read more...]

Alan Cherry Debate summary

Can the public sector lead on housing supply post-Brexit? Stacked against obstacles alone, the answer to the above should be “no”. London local authorities must serve rapidly changing and growing populations with shrinking budgets, conflicting policy pressures and yet-to-be-defined fiscal powers under business rates reform. The Autumn Statement … [Read more...]

Delivering local transport schemes

While a significant amount of major transport infrastructure is planned for London, local-level transport projects are integral for supporting these larger schemes as well as encouraging more Londoners to walk, cycle and enjoy healthier lives. Through a panel of speakers and a workshop, the final event in our Priorities for Transport in a Growing … [Read more...]

Delivering major transport schemes in London

As London’s population climbs towards 10 million, transportation infrastructure must be upgraded and expanded to meet demand. These major infrastructure schemes are about more than moving people around; they present opportunities to unlock new housing, boost employment, facilitate regeneration and contribute to placemaking. Through a panel of … [Read more...]

Spotlight: How to set a council budget in a financial storm

Future of London occasionally posts Spotlight features from guests, but we haven’t yet published anything by an elected member. This article, written by LB Harrow councillor Adam Swersky in late November 2016, is the first exception, shared with you because he’s written pretty eloquently about local authority staff and councillors having to … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: research forum

Throughout 2016, Future of London's Workspace that Works programme has been complemented by other organisations in London carrying out their own workspace research. Our Workspace Research Forum on 9 November, hosted by London Councils, brought together some of this research with Pecha Kucha-style presentations from cross-sector professionals. … [Read more...]