London workspace workshop

With employment land under increasing pressure from housing, and with the coming devolution of business rates opening opportunities for revenue generation, workspace provision is an increasingly hot topic for local authorities. On 13th June, Future of London brought together public-sector practitioners involved in workspace provision to share best … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works… workshop

On 13th June, Future of London will host a workshop as part of our Workspace that Works programme, exploring the links between SME workspace provision and regeneration. This workshop will give public sector planning, regeneration and economic development professionals a better understanding of what workspace operators need and how to support … [Read more...]

Conference: Doing More with Less

  Our June 23rd conference focused on sustainable revenue at local level. [PDF] [PDF] For un-edited presentation slides, follow the links at the bottom of this web page. Full conference summary coming soon!  Our June 23rd conference was an energising day of strategy, skills and … [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...]

Seminar: Rethinking SME Workspace

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 99.8% of businesses in London and nearly 50% of all employment. SMEs have capacity to deliver significant jobs and growth in London in the coming years. Various forms of shared workspace are steadily expanding in London. These include co-working spaces, incubators, accelerators, shared studios and … [Read more...]

‘Passing the Torch’ – Guiding regeneration in the Olympic boroughs

London 2012 promised both a successful global sporting event and a regeneration legacy spreading from its Stratford epicentre across London. The Games themselves were rightly seen as an international triumph; the long-term judgement will be based on how well they fulfil their promise to create new communities in East London, and on the wider … [Read more...]

‘Money, Power and Control’ – How one Coalition legacy may be the eventual devolution of London

Future of London’s first 3-2-1 session was on London governance and finance three years after the general election. It focused on how the recommendations of the London Finance Commission might help offset cuts to local government funding while taking forward some of the localism agenda’s most promising elements. The June 13th event was chaired … [Read more...]

Olympic Legacy – Better in every way?

As a companion to the Future of London 3-2-1 Living Legacies session on Olympic Park regeneration on July 11th, Interim Director Lisa Taylor contributed an article to Baselines London, comparing Montreal's 1976 Olympic legacy to London 2012. No surprise which city comes out on top, but there are one or two parallels worth considering before … [Read more...]

Spotlight: East Croydon Station Footbridge

This is the first in our Spotlight series, a new feature covering the innovations - in regeneration, ways of working and more - being undertaken by members of Future of London. This Spotlight is focused on  Croydon Council's development of a new footbridge at East Croydon Rail Station. In its award-winning East Croydon masterplan, Croydon … [Read more...]

LandAid Debate 2013 on London’s competitiveness

Last night, I attended the property industry's charity LandAid's annual debate in London's City Hall, which was called: "Competitive Cities: can London stay ahead of the game?". The five key speakers for the evening included: Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor of London for Policy and Planning; the academic Prof Ricky Burdett of … [Read more...]