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...]

Spotlight: Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities

Planning officers across London dealt with nearly 77,000 planning applications in the year to March 2016, ranging from major schemes to home alterations to advertisements (1). During a debate on staffing at Future of London’s Doing More With Less conference, Pat Hayes, LB Ealing Executive Director of Regeneration & Housing, said local … [Read more...]

#DiversityPledgeLDN goes live

    Future of London, supported by the Mayor of London, has launched a pan-London pledge to help development & infrastructure better reflect London’s diversity “London’s diversity is its biggest asset”, according to the GLA, offering a competitive edge internationally and among industry peers. New voices can also bring fresh ideas, … [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...]

Workspace that Works: Deptford

Compared to other boroughs, LB Lewisham has high proportions of students, creative micro-businesses (75% home-based) and residents with qualifications. The council wants to support new workspaces throughout the borough that cater for flexibility and collaboration, which could encourage Lewisham’s highly skilled residents to create economic … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Brixton visit

Brixton, in the London Borough of Lambeth, is a popular south London retail and leisure destination, with a thriving high street attracting 70m people a year. The area has excellent transport links but has poor accessibility in places and lacks office space. As with elsewhere in London, existing workspace is under threat from rising rents and … [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...]

Cross-Sector Brexit Briefing

*NEXT SESSION CONFIRMED: 29TH SEPT 08.30-11. Email events@futureoflondon.org.uk to request a place; space is limited, and FoL members have priority, so contact us soon. As we work to right ourselves in the wake of the referendum and subsequent political and financial upheaval, it is clear that to weather the turmoil, London must create its own … [Read more...]

Reframing Resilience in London

Report launch: 6th October 08.30 - email events@futureoflondon.org.uk to register! As a result of climate change, London is facing more frequent flooding, extreme heat events, and water stress. On 13 July, Future of London and Arup brought together professionals from local authorities, developers, housing associations, transport and engineering … [Read more...]

Future London Leaders: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 12 wrapped on 15th June with 'Proposals for London' to safeguard or rethink neighbourhoods and high streets at risk.  The final task before graduation, this was an invitation to think outside the box and combine sector expertise with personal interest. The presentations showed how much the group had learned from both … [Read more...]