Managing London’s Exposure to Climate Change – report launch

Climate change risk is often knocked down the priority list by seemingly more pressing needs. But costs of inaction can be staggering: in London, ageing infrastructure and buildings already struggle to cope with relatively minor heat waves and rainfall, and climate change is set to increase their frequency, as well as the probability of acute … [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...]

Brexit update: Resilience, lobbying are 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 Lewis Silkin … [Read more...]

Brexit briefing links

This selection of Brexit links offers insight into how leaving the EU could affect government, housing associations, development, and infrastructure, with a focus where possible on London-specific impacts. To suggest a link, email Articles Government The Commons Library provides two briefings: one covering … [Read more...]

Priorities for Transport in a Growing London

As Sadiq Khan settles into City Hall and puts his election manifesto into action, a number of new policies and strategies are emerging to guide growth in and around London. Key among these is the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. The new MTS, being prepared by Transport for London and to be published in early 2017, will detail the mayor’s ambitions for … [Read more...]

Housing Zones Network: GLA & Zone Update

The GLA’s Housing Zones programme is supporting the delivery of 75,000 homes across 31 zones by 2025, aiming for 25,000 more than initially promised. Future of London’s Housing Zones Network, backed by the GLA,  supports public-sector organisations delivering these ambitious initiatives through practical knowledge and best practice. On 20th … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: City of London

Of the City of London’s 10,000 small businesses, nearly one quarter – employing 80,000 workers – are located in flexible workspaces. Demand for workspace in the City is increasing as working styles at both corporate and SME levels are changing. On 30 August, Future of London led a field trip to City of London workspaces as part of our Workspace … [Read more...]

Future London Leaders 13: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 13 wrapped on 14th September with 'Proposals for London' about the potential of innovative workspace for economic development, employment and regeneration. The final task before graduation, this was an invitation to combine research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience. The presentations set a new bar … [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...]

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...]