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 (HZN) programme launched in October.

HZN launch-650pxThe HZN launch, held at City Hall (above), laid out expectations for the network and was a great chance for Housing Zones teams to share experiences and make new connections. The priorities people identified at the launch will inform the programme content, in keeping with FoL’s practice of using participant feedback to improve its leadership programmes.

The 26th November Programme Management session will offer HZN members a frank assessment of past and ongoing programmes of this scale, from cross-sector leaders who’ve delivered – and learned along the way. Participants will also get an introduction to the Network’s online help and information-sharing forum, and a chance to network over drinks at the end.

Participants will hear from – and take part in a troubleshooting workshop with – the following:

  • Robert Evans, Partner, Argent: King’s Cross – Delivering through the crash
  • Helen Fisher, Programme Director, Tottenham, LB Haringey: Nine Elms on the Southbank – Managing multiple landowners
  • Pat Hayes, Executive Director, Housing & Regeneration, LB Ealing: Delivering housing at scale in Lewisham and Ealing
  • Ben White, Head of Community Relations, Crossrail: Bringing the community with you (despite the jackhammers)

When:   Thursday, 26th November 2015, 2:00 – 5:30PM

WhereThe Foundry, 17 Oval Way SE11 5RR (Vauxhall or Oval station) Map here

Registration is essential, and this event is exclusive to HZN subscribers. To register for the session or find out about subscribing to the network, email events@futureoflondon.org.uk. Space is limited and the session is already filling; please RSVP by Monday 23rd Nov (or earlier to be sure of a place!).


NEXT UP: 16th February, 3:30-5:00 GLA Update at City Hall, followed by networking drinks. Register now! events@futureoflondon.org.uk

Future of London’s Housing Zones Network, backed by the GLA, is designed to support all local authority, housing association and pan-London teams working on Housing Zones. The network offers best practice, technical guidance, GLA updates and networking as well as an online resource for discussion and helpful links. Subscriber organisations can send any number of staff, space allowing, and any public-sector organisation can join (you do not have to be a Future of London member, though members get a heavily discounted rate).

To find out more about Future of London’s Housing Zones work, see the April 2015 kick-off post, check the September update, or read the Tottenham case study. Other case studies will be released in coming weeks, preceding an anonymised report on how the process is going and what next priorities should be. To get involved with the research, contact Alexei Schwab at alexei@futureoflondon.org.uk.