Workspace that Works: Brixton visit

Brixton, in LB 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 potential conversion to … [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

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 certainties. We will need to work together and directly with government to sustain housing, jobs, priority infrastructure, growth and openness to the world – and be mindful … [Read more...]

Reframing Resilience in London

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 firms to consider the benefits of adapting to and mitigating these impacts beyond … [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...]

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...]

Leaders Plus – Proposals for London

  After an appropriate nine months of bespoke professional development, candidates from Leaders Plus Round 3 delivered a series of thought-provoking ‘Proposals for London’ on 12th July as their final task before graduation. The fast-paced pitches included an estate regeneration mediation service; a public-public joint venture model; an … [Read more...]

London workspace workshop

With employment land under increasing pressure from housing, and with the coming devolution of business rates opening opportunities for revenue generation, workspace provision is an increasingly hot topic for local authorities. On 13th June, Future of London brought together public-sector practitioners involved in workspace provision to share best … [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...]

Workspace that Works: Camden visit

LB Camden has strong demand for workspace, ranging from large multinationals in central London and King's Cross, to small creative industries in Camden Town, a jewellery cluster in Hatton Garden and a growing life sciences sector around Euston Road. Transport-led development has been a significant driver of workspace provision, with 3.4m sqft in … [Read more...]