Future of London in 2015 – sneak preview

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As we put the finishing touches to Future of London's 2015 prospectus, here’s a preview to whet your appetite for the year ahead. We're building on the strong interest in November's Estate Renewal conference with a joint briefing with New London Architecture and Urban Design London (available on our publications page) followed by a February … [Read more...]

Delivering Infill Development – Briefing paper launched

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The London Infrastructure Plan 2050 is approaching its conclusion, as the GLA analyses responses to its 2014 consultation and prepares to release a final report by the end of March. Throughout the plan’s development, Future of London has delivered our London 2050 programme, exploring key delivery and governance issues that the Capital will face … [Read more...]

Improving the private rented sector – research in 2015

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Thanks to significant grant support from Oak Foundation and Trust for London, we’re getting underway with a major research programme on London’s private rented sector. Over the next three years, we’ll be investigating a number of approaches to addressing the sector’s complex challenges, in order to disseminate learning and best practice across … [Read more...]

FLL Round 9 off to a flying start

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On January 14th, Future London Leaders Round 9 launched with a new ‘get-down-to-business’ format that got top marks from new candidates and returning mentors. Sixteen candidates met for an induction which included a welcome from Visakha Sri Chandrasekera of long-time FLL sponsor Lovell, a programme overview from FoL director Lisa Taylor, a … [Read more...]

Delivering estate renewal in the real world

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In the face of reduced public funding, escalating land values and increased pressure on assets, estate renewal has become an increasingly important option for meeting housing need across London. This kind of regeneration must be economically viable, socially and politically attractive, deliverable and sustainable, or it risks perpetuating a cycle … [Read more...]

FLL learn about Crossrail, commerce at Canary Wharf

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Delivering new infrastructure is critical to accommodating increasing demand on the transport network, but it can also be instrumental in unlocking development and regeneration opportunities across the Capital – the latter of which was the focus of our Crossrail as Catalyst report, released in April 2014. Crossrail is set to deliver on both of … [Read more...]

Small businesses and regeneration: what role for LAs?

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Of the 934,000 businesses in London, the vast majority (98%) employ 1-20 people. Together these small businesses employ around a third of London’s private-sector workforce. As highlighted by Lord Young’s 2013 report on growing micro businesses (pdf), SMEs, and micro enterprises in particular, have an important role to play in the UK's economic … [Read more...]

Surface Tension: Underground London’s impact on the world above

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On 26th November, Future of London held the third event in our London 2050 series, Surface Tension: Underground London’s impact on the world above. This half-day conference was kindly sponsored by Arup, and brought together public- and private-sector planners, transport experts, engineers and archaeologists to discuss best practice in managing … [Read more...]

A little holiday reading… Resources on ethics and professionalism

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One element of the Future London Leaders programme is networking sessions: a chance for candidates to learn from, and connect with, like-minded practitioners while exploring pressing issues across the sector. In November 2014, candidates were joined by private sector guests for the first networking event of their programme – a workshop on ethics … [Read more...]

Engaging PRS landlords in energy efficiency: report launch and next steps

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We launched Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency on 3 December at Pinsent Masons. This report, sponsored by EDF Energy, examines London's private rented sector landscape, and how the public sector can support landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. It identifies four main challenges that boroughs face, before … [Read more...]