Crossrail practitioners talk progress, debate process

Practitioners gathered at Arup on January 30th for the first research seminar in our project looking at strategies and best practice for realising regeneration and development around Crossrail stations. This session, dubbed Maximising Crossrail: The experience so far, provided a chance to both follow the research progress and to gain valuable, … [Read more...]

Maximising Crossrail: The experience so far

Construction of Crossrail reached its halfway point last week, a milestone which was ceremoniously marked at the site of Tottenham Court Road station by a team of policymakers including Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Stephen Hammond. As progress continues across the Capital – our Future London Leaders saw Bond Street station’s progress earlier in … [Read more...]

Leveraging Crossrail for local benefit – new FoL research programme

As with any major infrastructure project, part of Crossrail’s promise has been to generate or enhance economic opportunity in the areas it touches, particularly through regeneration around stations. And as with previous rail projects in and around the Capital, results – at least so far – have been mixed. Some communities are seeing direct and rapid … [Read more...]

Cross party dismay at affordable housing policy

Bagehot, the Economist’s political columnist, wrote a piece last week on the convergence of right and left wing political opinion on that controversial matter of affordable housing policy in London.  Compare Boris’s accusation of ‘Kosovo style cleansing’ with shadow work and pensions minister and Westminster North MP Karen Buck’s declaration that … [Read more...]

Andrew Screen on TIF

Andrew Screen, Head of GVA Financial Consulting spoke at our Development and Renewal event on 20 January, about financing infrastructure, including an overview of tax increment financing and a charge over land mechanism that local authorities might want to consider to secure upfront investment in project infrastructure.  After the event we asked … [Read more...]

Financing infrastructure – what are the options?

The second instalment of our Development and Renewal series took us to Battersea Power Station on 20 January, looking at financing mechanisms to pump prime infrastructure delivery. Clive Dutton, Executive Director for Regeneration, Planning and Property at LB Newham spoke about the different approaches the borough is taking to secure investment, in … [Read more...]