Paying for Public Projects in a Covid World

It’s no surprise, given Covid costs and politics, that central government has cut or postponed planned spending on affordable housing and major infrastructure projects like Crossrail 2 and the Bakerloo Line extension.

As we turn to private funders, collaboration and council activity to pick up the slack, what new or heightened obstacles must we navigate? What risk will investors accept? If projects secure capital, can councils staff them? What impact will planning reform have on asset value and decision-making?

We will find a way through, but to sustain momentum on the housing, infrastructure and innovation we need now, these issues need urgent attention and shared approaches – including a sustained focus on social impact.

Our 19 November online roundtable tackled these questions and followed a 2019-20 event series, report and initial Covid update on Paying for Public Projects. Led by Future of London with partners Montagu Evans, Lewis Silkin and Poly Group, well-placed cross-sector guests shared insight on navigating shrinking budgets, the looming EU void, skills challenges and evolving funding sources.

This new event, backed again by Montagu Evans, shared insight from previous and new speakers.

Roundtable participants:

  • Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, Chief Executive, Foundation for Future London
  • Craig Blatchford, Head of Planning, Montagu Evans
  • Gemma Bourne, Investment Director, Big Society Capital
  • Pete Gladwell, Head of Public Sector Partnerships, Legal & General
  • Alice Lester MBE, Operational Director, Regeneration, Growth & Employment, LB Brent
  • Bek Seeley, Managing Director, Development, Lendlease Europe
  • Tony Travers, Professor & Director of LSE London
  • Peter Matthew, Executive Director, Planning, Housing & Communities, LB Hounslow
  • Sarah Wilks, Infrastructure Programmes Team Leader, LB Tower Hamlets; former Borough CIL Lead at Transport for London
  • Lisa Taylor, Executive Director, Future of London & Director, Coherent Cities (moderator)

Event video

Find out more about Future of London’s Learning from Crisis programme here and find out about other upcoming events here.

Thanks to event sponsor Montagu Evans.