Workspace that Works: research forum

Throughout 2016, Future of London's Workspace that Works programme has been complemented by other organisations in London carrying out their own workspace research. Our Workspace Research Forum on 9 November, hosted by London Councils, brought together some of this research with Pecha Kucha-style presentations from cross-sector professionals. A … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent – Report Launch

As part of our three-year research programme, Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector, Future of London has spent the last six months reviewing the Build to Rent landscape in London and investigating the roles that local authorities and housing associations are playing in its evolution. Informed by site visits and senior roundtables, the final … [Read more...]

The future of transport: challenges and opportunities

In October, the GLA published A City for All Londoners, setting out London’s top challenges and opportunities throughout key policy areas. The new Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) will build on this document and determine London’s transport priorities for the next 25 years, ensuring integration of transport with spatial and economic development, … [Read more...]

Build to Rent: Design & Liveability

There are currently 33,411 Build to Rent units completed, under construction, or with planning permission in London (BPF 2016). Development activity is boosted by overseas providers such as the US ‘multi-family’ giant Greystar, who just submitted an application to develop 1,439 purpose-built homes for private rent on the former GlaxoSmithKline site … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Hackney Wick and Fish Island visit

Hackney Wick and Fish Island (HWFI) have the highest density of artists’ workspace in the UK, and are expected to provide a significant amount of the employment space in the Olympic Park area. Situated along the River Lea and adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the areas are in neighbouring boroughs (Hackney and Tower Hamlets), and since … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Matching event, 1 Dec

As part of Future of London’s 2016 Workspace that Works programme, we've been exploring how SME workspace provision can contribute to regeneration and economic development. To bring that to its practical conclusion, we're pleased to announce a 1st December matching event that will give landlords (councils, developers and property owners) an … [Read more...]

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 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 amanda@futureoflondon.org.uk. Articles Government The Commons Library provides two briefings: one covering … [Read more...]