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...]

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...]