Event: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?

With the Infrastructure Investment Plan heading toward final draft, Future of London offers a brief pause to consider the practical aspects of London’s rapid growth. Do we densify? If so, where, what might that look like, and how do we do it in a useful timespan? Do we make a decisive push through the Green Belt and GLA borders – we do it with infrastructure; what about housing, governance and funding? If we build more Garden Cities, who will live in them?

These issues are tightly interwoven with infrastructure planning; before tackling the daunting political framework of London’s evolving shape, let’s consider what densification or expansion offers – and what it risks.

London 2050 – Grow up or grow out? invited decision-makers and innovators from across the capital’s public, private and third sector to explore issues, test assumptions and propose solutions. Findings from the day will help guide Future of London seminars, briefings and visits on these topics through the balance of the year.

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London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?

Date: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 09:00 – 11:30 AM
09:00 – Registration, coffee & refreshments | 09:15 – Session begins | 11:00 – Networking & refreshments
Location: ‘London’s Living Room’, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA


  • Keynote: Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor, Planning, Greater London Authority
  • Who, how many and where: growth by the numbers – Adam Challis, Head of Residential Research, JLL
  • Transport strategies for a shifting landscape – Michèle Dix, Managing Director, Group Planning, Transport for London
  • Room to grow – along and beyond planned networks – Chris Hall, Director, GVA
  • What density (and superdensity) can look like – Andrew Beharrell, Executive Director, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Preparing for change – Pat Hayes, Executive Director, Regeneration & Housing, LB Ealing

This event has taken place. To get involved in ongoing work on the topic, please contact events@futureoflondon.org.uk.