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...]

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...]

The role of Build to Rent in London’s Housing Mix

Build to Rent – purpose-built development for the rental market – is picking up speed and attracting investment in London. While it has the potential to provide a much-needed boost to supply, local authorities and their housing association partners need to ensure that new housing developments meet local need. On 27 July, Future of London brought … [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...]

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...]

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...]