Future London Leaders 14: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 14 wrapped on 15th March with 'Proposals for London' about placemaking in London, tying in with our 2017 placemaking 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, … [Read more...]

Brexit update: Resilience, lobbying key

Future of London’s second cross-sector Brexit briefing was understandably more sobering than our first, on 15th July. As keynote Tony Travers said both times, early impacts were not as dire as expected – in part because, as Bilfinger GVA’s Gerry Hughes noted, Brexit is not a debt-led crisis like 2008, and because, as both Travers and … [Read more...]

Estate Renewal: Strategy, Community, Delivery

As far-reaching central government housing policies start to take effect, London interests are marshaling arguments and pleas ahead of the mayoral election. Add Lord Heseltine's Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, and this is the ideal time to act. Specifically, this is the ideal time for London’s housing providers – boroughs, builders, housing … [Read more...]

Town Centres summary highlights attitudes over assets

The summary of Future of London’s summer conference, Creating Resilient Town Centres, is now online. Speakers gave insight into topical case studies along with strategies and best practice for reinforcing, rethinking and reinventing town centres – old and new, large and small. What emerged as we assembled the summary was that the … [Read more...]

Conference: Delivering Estate Renewal

In the face of reduced grant, escalating land values and increased pressure on assets, estate renewal and redevelopment have become  increasingly important options for meeting housing need across London. However, this kind of regeneration must be economically viable, socially and politically attractive, deliverable and sustainable, or it … [Read more...]

Growing up, out and in-between

How London grows is critical to the city’s future: its competitiveness, resilience, quality of life, and equity rest on how it unfolds. The Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Investment Plan is grounded in this, considering the systems needed to underpin growth, how they could be delivered, and – importantly – how they could be funded. What form the … [Read more...]

Event: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?

With the Infrastructure Investment Plan heading toward final draft, Future of London offers a brief pause to consider the practical aspects of London’s rapid growth. Do we densify? If so, where, what might that look like, and how do we do it in a useful timespan? Do we make a decisive push through the Green Belt and GLA borders – we do it with … [Read more...]

Crossrail as Catalyst: Realising regeneration around stations

On April 23rd, Future of London launched Crossrail as Catalyst at the King’s Fund. This new report examines how London communities can grasp the regeneration and development potential of Crossrail stations – and of future infrastructure projects. As with any major infrastructure project, part of Crossrail’s promise has been to generate or … [Read more...]

Crossrail, collaboration – and choreography?

Recent headlines have reflected Crossrail’s wide reach: news that nearly half of firms developing around the Crossrail line cited the scheme as justification for construction in their planning applications; the Mayor of London’s awarding of the ‘mini-Holland’ winners; an announcement from London Councils that surface stations will now undergo … [Read more...]

Maximising Crossrail: Is collaboration the catalyst?

Research seminars are a vital component to Future of London’s projects, including our current programme on maximising the regeneration potential around Crossrail stations. Our first seminar for this project focused on practitioners’ experience and insight in receiving Crossrail across the Capital so far. Amongst other issues and opportunities, a … [Read more...]