Future London Leaders 29: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders 29 candidates presented their Proposals for London on 15th March, marking their graduation from the programme and the first live Proposals event in two years. Candidates gave PechaKucha-style presentations on the theme of heritage and culture, suggesting ways in which to preserve and maximize London’s rich culture. Ideas included virtual worlds and cultural ‘metaverses’, action groups to protect small businesses and local talent, and re-valuation of social housing to reflect the buildings’ cultural and historical worth.

The proposals were presented to an audiences of colleagues, mentors, alumni, course contributors and friends of Future of London. The audience engaged candidates in lively Q&A sessions and cast their votes in the categories of ‘Favourite idea’, ‘Most feasible idea’ and ‘Best pitch’. Winners are announced below!

Congratulations to all the candidates, we have every confidence in their ongoing journeys as leaders! Huge thanks to Urbancanda for continuing to deliver first-class leadership modules throughout this hybrid programme and to the cohort for their enthusiastic engagement. Summaries of each of the candidates’ proposals are available here.

The results of the audience votes were as follows:

Favourite Idea

Max Gregory, Head of Delivery – Joint Ventures, One Housing
Why London Needs the DEA

There has been a widely publicised increase in dog ownership during the pandemic, but in a densely populated urban environment like London, there is no requirement for dedicated Dog Exercise Areas (DEAs) within the amenity space of our current regeneration developments. There are mental, physical and societal benefits of owning a dog, and DEAs in London regeneration projects would help establish a community of local dog owners and dog enthusiasts. Making DEAs a planning requirement and part of resident-led design will ensure developers deliver a new type of public realm to benefit a growing demographic of dog owners as well as the wider community.

Most Feasible

George Harrington, Associate Director – Urban Solutions, Hatch
Grassroots Music Venue Adaptation Fund

Grassroots music venues (GMV) are the lifeblood of London’s cultural scene and provide enormous economic and social value to the city. Despite their intrinsic value, affordability pressures and Covid-related restrictions mean that grassroots venues are closing down at an alarming rate. In response, a GMV adaptation fund would provide a dedicated financial grant to support GMVs to adapt their offer to create new models of revenue. This could include anything from providing space for food vendors in daytime hours to leasing space for co-working opportunities. The aim is to provide a capital injection to support GMVs to becoming financially sustainable in the longer term and optimise their impact on the local economy and places they operate within.

Best Pitch

Amandeep Singh Kalra, Associate Architect, Be First
Can’t Touch This: Protecting London’s Markets

Markets were the centre of towns, where people sold goods, crafted objects, shared stories, and hustled hard. They have been fostering community identity for millennia. Today the livelihoods of markets are regularly threatened by demolition or stealth gentrification. New generic markets are popping up, peddling artisan doughnuts, craft beer and sourdough pizza to the middle classes, while eroding the unique culture of local areas into a beige existence and displacing sole traders. But it’s not too late. What if we had a statutory body that could protect our culture like it protects our buildings and landscapes? What if we had policies that could work hand in hand with community-led initiatives to preserve London’s markets?

Congratulations to all the Future London Leaders 29 candidates!

  • Alex Blackwood, Strategic Lead, RB Kensington and Chelsea
  • Zohra Chiheb, Senior Development Manager, LB Camden
  • Stacey Clark, Project Manager, LB Waltham Forest
  • Jake Everard, Portfolio Manager, Hyde Housing
  • Simon Foulkes, Associate Director, Potter Raper Ltd
  • Laura Georgescu, Senior Project Officer, Transport for London
  • Max Gregory, Head of Delivery (Joint Ventures), One Housing
  • George Harrington, Associate Director (Urban Solutions), Hatch
  • Nyemu Holness, Regeneration Manager, LB Lambeth
  • Grace Nelson, Town Centre Manager, LB Brent
  • Penny Pang, Senior Design & Technical Manager, Peabody
  • James Ringwood, Senior Development and Land Manager, LB Lewisham
  • Tiffany Ryan, Development Manager, Southern Housing Group
  • Jonny Simmonds, Director, London Communications Agency
  • Amandeep Singh Kalra, Associate Architect, Be First
  • Ashleigh Watkins, Town Centres Investment Manager, LB Barnet

Thank you to all of the FLL29 mentors for their time, energy and insight:

  • Polly Barker, Associate Director, Hatch
  • Meera Bedi, Head of New Build, Barnet Homes
  • Simon Bevan, previously Director of Planning, LB Southwark
  • Jessica Crowe, Corporate Director for People, Policy & Performance, LB Newham
  • Mark Jones, Director of Procurement, One Housing
  • Leanne Keltie, Principal New Homes Developer, LB Islington
  • Matt Lally, Associate Director-Integrated City Planning, Arup
  • Joe Marshall, Managing Director- New Homes (Counties), Catalyst
  • Neil Parlett, Director- Planning, Development and Regeneration, Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Dan Pope, Chief Planning Officer, LB Camden
  • Eleanor Purser, Co-strategic Director for Sustainable Growth and Opportunity, LB Lambeth
  • John Reid, Development Director, Meridian Water & LB Enfield
  • David Scourfield, Chaplain, Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy
  • Sammie Steele, Managing Director- Planning and Regeneration, Places for People
  • Danny Sutcliffe, Partner, Red Loft
  • Nicola Tilbury, Director, Potter Raper LTD

Future London Leaders is sponsored by Lovell and Lewis Silkin. Find out more about the course here.