Estate Renewal: Strategy, Community, Delivery

As far-reaching central government housing policies start to take effect, London interests are marshaling arguments and pleas ahead of the mayoral election. Add Lord Heseltine's Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, and this is the ideal time to act. Specifically, this is the ideal time for London’s housing providers – boroughs, builders, housing … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: best practice in SME workspace provision

Small and micro businesses account for 98% of businesses in London and nearly 50% of all employment. SMEs have capacity to deliver significant jobs and growth in London. In recent years, London has seen an explosion in alternative workspaces catering to small and micro businesses (GLA 2014). The new generation of SME workspace tends to be more … [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...]

Stresses and Shocks – How prepared is London for climate change?

If all goes well at this month’s COP21 UN climate conference, world leaders will agree on new collective action to address climate change. With 2015 set to be the warmest year on record and unmistakeable signs of climate change acceleration, the impetus for global action is clear. If governments with vastly different agendas and resources can agree … [Read more...]

Localism in 2015 – A framework for devolution

In 2015, the term ‘localism’ seems outdated; even in 2011 when the Localism Act was passed, little of the thinking attached to it was new. However, the roots of the current Devolution Bill – arguably the ‘new localism’ – can be traced back to the Coalition agenda, which comprised not only the Localism Bill, but also broad public service reform and … [Read more...]

Housing Zones Network: Expert insight on monster programmes

What does it take to successfully deliver a complex, long-term housing or regeneration programme, and live to tell the tale? To give Housing Zones teams insight into managing some of London’s big multi-year beasts, Future of London is bringing together a senior cross-sector panel on 26th November, as the first session in the Housing Zones Network … [Read more...]

Delivering Estate Renewal: Packington site visit

The Packington Estate, in the east of LB Islington, is around half way through an eight-year, six-phase redevelopment programme. As part of Future of London’s ongoing programme, Delivering Estate Renewal, we visited the estate on 15th October to check in on the progress of this acclaimed project. Built in the 1960s, in 2004 Islington council … [Read more...]

Stresses and Shocks – Helping London’s public sector respond to climate risk

Future of London, University College London and Arup will hold a senior roundtable on 12th November, on assessing and improving the London public sector response to growing environmental risk – both chronic or everyday stresses and severe or one-time shocks. The session will bring together key stakeholders to analyse how London’s public sector … [Read more...]

Chrisp Street market key to regeneration in Poplar

Chrisp Street market in Poplar (LB Tower Hamlets) is a long-running food and convenience goods market which is being used to anchor regeneration plans in the wider area. On 24th September, we visited the area as part of our Communities in Transition series, to see how the market is being used to deliver regeneration programmes and hear about how … [Read more...]