Workspace that Works: best practice in SME workspace provision

Small and micro businesses account for 98% of businesses in London and nearly 50% of all employment. SMEs have capacity to deliver significant jobs and growth in London. In recent years, London has seen an explosion in alternative workspaces catering to small and micro businesses (GLA 2014). The new generation of SME workspace tends to be more … [Read more...]

Civic spaces underpin housing growth in Barking

On 22nd July, Future of London’s Communities in Transition field trip series visited Barking town centre, to hear about the role of civic institutions in supporting regeneration. Starting at the Barking Enterprise Centre, David Harley, Group Manager, Economic Development and Sustainable Communities at LB Barking & Dagenham, outlined the … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Poplar

  Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Poplar on 24th September, with a focus on Chrisp Street market, the UK’s first pedestrianised shopping centre and a landmark in urban design when it opened in 1951. In line with our 2015 anchor regeneration theme, the visit will explore how local markets can … [Read more...]

Changing perceptions in Croydon

On 16 June, Future of London’s Communities in Transition field trip series continued in Croydon town centre, where we heard about integrating large-scale retail development with local regeneration plans. Croydon is London’s largest borough by population, and is expected to grow by another 15-20% in the next 20 years. Designated as an Opportunity … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Barking

Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Barking on 22nd July. This visit will look at public space and new housing developments around Barking town centre, with a focus on how civic amenities and investment can stimulate quality placemaking. Barking & Dagenham’s 2010 Core Strategy envisions the borough … [Read more...]

Life science sector drives regeneration in Whitechapel

On 28th May, Future of London visited Whitechapel as part of our Communities in Transition field trip series, to hear about the impact of the life sciences sector in the area and broader plans for regeneration and development. Just outside the eastern fringe of the City of London, Whitechapel is a thriving area in its own right. A … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Croydon

Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Croydon on 16th June, to look at the impact of large-scale retail development on local regeneration plans. Croydon’s town centre is a strategic priority for the council. The Local Plan envisions the town centre supporting significant growth, with up to 7,300 additional … [Read more...]

Stadium anchors development as Wembley diversifies

On 15th April, we held our first field trip exploring the relationship between anchor institutions and regeneration in Wembley (LB Brent). The original Wembley stadium was built for the British Exhibition of 1924 and was replaced in 2007 with a new 90,000-capacity stadium on the same site. The stadium is surrounded by the 85-acre Wembley Park … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Whitechapel

Our second Communities in Transition field trip of 2015 will be to Whitechapel on 28th May, to see how the healthcare and life sciences sector is driving development in the area. This expanded event will include presentations from project stakeholders, including LB Tower Hamlets, Queen Mary University of London and the GLA. Science and … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Wembley

Our Communities in Transition field trip series kicks off again on 15th April with a visit to Wembley, the home of the national football stadium and a major growth area for Brent council. In keeping with our 2015 theme of anchor regeneration, the visit will explore the impact of the stadium on the regeneration of the wider area. Wembley is a key … [Read more...]