Build to Rent: Design & Liveability

There are currently 33,411 Build to Rent units completed, under construction, or with planning permission in London (BPF 2016). Development activity is boosted by overseas providers such as the US ‘multi-family’ giant Greystar, who just submitted an application to develop 1,439 purpose-built homes for private rent on the former GlaxoSmithKline site … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Vantage Point visit

Speaking at the RESI conference last month, Theresa May’s new housing minister Gavin Barwell indicated a policy shift away from owner-occupation and Cameron’s “starter homes” initiative, and towards an increased focus on the private rented sector (PRS) to get more homes built. Essential Living is a UK company developing, designing and operating … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: LB Barking & Dagenham

Growing interest in London’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) from pension funds and other institutional investors is enabling the delivery of high-quality, purpose-built market-rented homes managed by single operators. A recent survey of institutional investors by Knight Frank indicated that by 2020, they would commit a total of £50bn to Build to Rent … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Aberfeldy Village visit

With a delivery target of over 3,900 homes per annum to 2025, LB Tower Hamlets has an ambitious housing growth strategy, of which Build to Rent is a key component. On 6 July, Future of London organised a field trip to Aberfeldy Village, a major estate regeneration scheme in Poplar, with a significant Build to Rent element. With the majority of … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Ealing Visit

Build to Rent has the ability to make a real difference to London’s housing needs, providing purposefully designed properties for rent with strong management, and a high quality customer experience. Increasingly, the Greater London Authority and local authorities are recognising the potential of this distinctive private rented sector (PRS) offer, … [Read more...]

Build to Rent – London’s new intermediate tenure?

The private rented sector is London’s fastest growing housing tenure; between 2001 and 2011 it almost doubled. Whilst just a fraction of those tenants currently live in purpose-built rental properties, investors, the Greater London Authority and, increasingly, local authorities are recognising the potential of Build to Rent in London. It’s early … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent in London

As part of our three-year research programme, Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector, Future of London is reviewing the Build to Rent landscape in London and investigating the opportunities the sector presents for local authorities and their housing association partners. As London’s reliance on the private rented sector continues to grow, many … [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...]

A Social Lettings Agency for London? Viability and potential

Since the 2011 Localism Act empowered local authorities to house homeless residents within the private rented sector, the need to connect and collaborate with private landlords has grown. As many registered providers withdraw from the temporary accommodation market, and council stock fails to keep pace with rising demand, councils are investigating … [Read more...]

Housing Zones: Heart of Harrow

As part of our project looking at the progress of London’s Housing Zones, we’ll be posting profiles of some of the zones to show what’s being done to speed up housing deliver in the Capital and showcase some of the diverse approaches being taken in different areas. To find out more about this project or to get involved, email … [Read more...]