Our Partners

Future of London engages with a select group of partners who support projects, workstreams and our Leaders programmes. As a not-for-profit, we rely on financial contributions to support our work and keep events free of charge, but partnering with Future of London is about much more than funding: we share connections, expertise, content – and the convivial atmosphere that comes with doing what we love.

See below for current partners. If you’re interested in supporting what we do and getting to know our network of more than 3,500 practitioners and 80+ cross-sector organisations, contact Head of Networks Nicola Mathers at nicola@futureoflondon.org.uk or on 020 7251 6752.

See a list of other organisations who have supported us

 

Core Sponsors

Core sponsors provide critical stability by committing to a baseline term and contribution. They have spaces on FoL’s steering group, adding valuable insight to our largely public-sector membership. This group is limited to eight companies at any time. 

 

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Company bio: Since 1981, Argent has delivered some of the best mixed-use developments in the UK: major commercial, residential, education, cultural and community developments in the country’s largest cities. It is involved in the full development process – from identifying and assembling sites, developing designs and obtaining planning permission through to financing, project management of the construction process, letting, asset management and (sometimes) selling. It also manages and maintains buildings and estate. Argent has a team of over 130 people. In March 2015 it entered into a joint venture partnership with respected US developer Related, forming Argent Related, to pursue future opportunities for urban development, with a focus on the build-to-rent sector.

Involvement with FoL: Headline sponsor of the acclaimed Leaders Plus programme and frequent contributor and host across Placemaking, Housing, Severance, Ageing Cities and other topical programmes. 2 Leaders Plus candidates, 2 Partner-level mentors. Core sponsor since 2016. 

 

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Company bioArup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. They help their clients meet their business needs by adding value through technical excellence, efficient organisation and personal service. They provide the engineering and related consultancy services necessary to every stage of a project, from inception to completion and after. Throughout the world they provide a consistently excellent multi-disciplinary service, which also incorporates a concern for the environment. Arup is committed to sustainable design, to its increasing incorporation in their projects and to industry-wide sustainability initiatives.

Involvement with FoL: Arup has been a headline sponsor, content partner and host on many programmes, including Making the Case for Place, our Brexit briefingsManaging London’s Exposure to Climate Change, Creating Resilient Town CentresAgeing Cities, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy,  our London 2050 series and Surface Tension conference, Crossrail as Catalyst and Future London Leaders. Leaders Plus candidate, several senior mentors. Core sponsor since 2015. 

Countryside-wbg-250[WEB]Company bio: Countryside works in partnership with public and private sector organisations to regenerate housing estates and secure the provision of high quality mixed-use and mixed-tenure schemes. Their projects are developed with local authorities, housing associations and local communities, and, they regard partnering as key to delivering this. They have undertaken more than 35 estate regeneration schemes since the 1980s and have been building new homes in London and the South East since 1958.

Involvement with FoL: Countryside has been a headline sponsor of three FoL conferences: Making the Case for Place, Doing More with Less on securing sustainable borough revenue, and Delivering Estate Renewal. The company also engaged FoL to run its 2016 Alan Cherry Debate and 2017 Alan Cherry Placemaking Award, allowing us to introduce a new ‘One to Watch’ category for next-wave leaders. 2 senior mentors including Group CEO Ian Sutcliffe. Core sponsor since 2016.

 

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Company bio: GVA is the UK’s largest independent commercial property consultant. Headquartered in London and with 12 offices and 700 fee earners across the UK, GVA offers the country’s largest and most diverse multidisciplinary property consultancy outside of the capital.

Involvement with FoL: GVA co-sponsored and contributed content to our Housing Delivery Methods and Delivering Estate Renewal in London roundtable and report programmes; co-sponsored the Doing More with LessEstate Renewal and Creating Resilient Town Centres conference and our Crossrail as Catalyst work. GVA also provides senior mentoring, expert seminar leaders and hosting for our acclaimed Leadership programmes. Leaders Plus alumnus; CEO Gerry Hughes mentors and co-leads a senior seminar on Managing Up. Core sponsor since 2015.

 

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Company bio: Lendlease is a world leader in delivering end-to-end property solutions, building on their core strengths in development, construction, infrastructure, fund management and asset management. Their vision is to create the best places. They specialise in developing large, mixed-use regeneration schemes and have particular strengths in partnering with the public and private sector, naturally targeting complex projects with long term duration.

Involvement with FoL: Lendlease was a headline sponsor for our 2017 Placemaking programme and conference and co-sponsored our Delivering Estate Renewal conference. Leaders Plus candidate; director-level mentors. Core sponsor since 2017.

 Lewis Silkin

Company bio: Lewis Silkin‘s recognised experts provide legal services in all major service areas. Their clients range from small businesses to FTSE 100 companies, all who value their personal touch, their effective communication, and their individual style.

Involvement with FoL: Lewis Silkin sponsors our Steering Group forums and hosts most of our Leaders programmes. Lewis Silkin also co-sponsored our Delivering Estate Renewal and Housing Delivery Models roundtable/report series and Smarter Cities work, sponsored our Living Legacies series, and has hosted breakfast seminars. Partner-level mentors, seminar leaders, and a permanent FoL board director. Core sponsor since 2013.

 

Company bio: Lovell inspires transformation in communities. Lovell is the nation’s complete housing solutions specialist by combining industry expertise, unrivalled local knowledge and a willingness to think innovatively and ambitiously. They provide their partners with the most comprehensive service in the industry – they fund the purchase of land, design and build new homes, refurbish existing homes, regenerate communities and provide the maintenance and service to keep homes in perfect condition. Lovell sell homes and help create successful, sustainable mixed tenure neighbourhoods, settling for nothing less than excellence in the service they offer.

Involvement with FoL: Lovell is the first core sponsor of Future London Leaders, FoL’s foundation professional development course, entering its 20th round in 2018. Lovell and the Morgan Sindall Group companies also host our Alumni Network events. Leaders Plus alumnus, senior mentors. Core sponsor since 2012.

 

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Company bio: Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) specialises in the creation of new neighbourhoods and the revitalisation of old ones. Their projects embrace the whole spectrum of residential development and other essential ingredients which make our cities, towns and villages into thriving and sustainable places: schools and nurseries, health and community centres, shops and workspaces, places to recreate, exercise and enjoy civic life.

Involvement with FoL: Pollard Thomas Edwards was lead sponsor on FoL’s Workspace that Works programme, and co-sponsor of our Severance and Ageing Cities programmes, Estate Renewal in London roundtable/report series and Delivering Estate Renewal and Creating Resilient Town Centres conferences. They have also hosted Steering Group FutureTalks and Leaders programmes, and have led seminars, workshops and an organisational raid. FLL and Leaders Plus candidates, several senior mentors. Core sponsor since 2015.

 

Project and programme support

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Organisation bio: Trust for London is a charitable organisation that exists to reduce poverty and inequality in London. They do this by funding the voluntary and community sector and others, as well as by using their own expertise and knowledge to support work that tackles poverty and its root causes.

Involvement with FoL: Trust for London co-funded our three-year research programme on engaging with the private rented sector.


Organisation bio: Oak Foundation is a group of philanthropic organisations which, since its establishment in 1998, has given more than 2,400 grants to not-for-profit organisations around the world. The Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Programmes include housing and homelessness, environment and international human rights.

Involvement with FoL: Oak Foundation co-funded our three-year research programme on engaging with the private rented sector, and funded our major research project on the use and viability of the Affordable Rent Model in London.

 

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Organisation bio: Regeneris is a specialist economic consultancy with offices in Manchester and London. Their work is research-based and rooted in economic analysis. They provide a wide range of services to public and private sector clients, responding to client needs, generating evidence, helping forge consensus and focusing at all times on clear and concise reporting.

Involvement with FoL: Regeneris co-sponsored and provided key research for the Making the Case for Place programme, is supporting an exploratory joint project with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, supported the London 2050 series, has provided senior mentors, and is FoL’s third SME member.

Company bio: Barton Willmore is the UK’s largest independent, integrated planning and design consultancy. From its 12 offices nationwide, Barton Willmore offers an unusual mix of planning and design services to clients across all development sectors. As a business, Barton Willmore is passionate about creating places that are not only commercially viable, but also sustainable, dynamic and progressive. Its planners know design and its designers know planning, all of which combines to offer clients a highly efficient yet informed and innovative service.

Involvement with FoL: Barton Willmore co-sponsors our Ageing Cities programme. Partner-level mentor.

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Company bio: British Land is one of Europe’s largest publicly listed real estate companies. They own, manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality commercial property, focused on retail locations around the UK and London Offices & Residential. Their objective is to deliver long-term and sustainable total returns to their shareholders and they do this by focusing on Places People Prefer. People have a choice where they work, shop and live and British Land aim to create outstanding places which make a positive difference to people’s everyday lives.

Involvement with FoL: British Land co-sponsors the Ageing Cities programme and has provided general support.

 

Potter Raper Partnership

Company bio: Potter Raper Partnership is a multi-discipline construction consultancy offering quantity surveying, building surveying, project management, joint venture monitoring, employer’s agent, health, safety and environmental services (including principal designer role), site inspectors and 3D CAD and BIM services. PRP have been around since 1970 and over the years have built a reputation of integrity, reliability and excellence for all of their services.

Involvement with FoL: Potter Raper Partnership is co-sponsor of FoL’s London Housing Network, with the Greater London Authority. Partner-level mentor.

 

BLP Insurance

Company bio: BLP Insurance (Building LifePlans Ltd) is one of the UK’s leading providers of residential housing warranty and commercial latent defects insurance. BLP also offers life-cycle assessments and durability design assessments for offsite construction. BLP helped develop BOPAS (Build Offsite Property Assurance Scheme) which provides assurance to lenders that innovatively constructed properties will be sufficiently durable as to be readily saleable for 60+ years. BLP is an underwriting agent of world-leading Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE, and in 2016 alone, BLP Insured £4.1bn of UK construction.

Involvement with FoL: BLP co-sponsored our Housing Delivery Models programme.

 

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Company bio: London Communications Agency are an award-winning specialist consultancy focusing on London and London issues. From the Olympic Legacy to health service change, major transport projects to long term regeneration schemes, they are experts in communicating change and shaping opinion. Their team brings together 30 talented professionals with experience of journalism, politics, business and government – all of whom have a passion for London.

Involvement with FoL: LCA co-sponsored our Crossrail as Catalyst programme and Delivering Estate Renewal conference, co-sponsored the launch of and hosted roundtables for our Placemaking programme, and provides workshop leaders and roundtable and seminar hosting for our Leaders courses and London Housing Network. Senior mentors and strategic/comms advisory.

 

 

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Company bio: Alan Baxter – Engineering, Urbanism, Conservation – is a multidisciplinary design consultancy serving clients across the private and public sectors throughout the UK. They are independent, free thinking, inventive and pragmatic. Their work is highly regarded and is at the forefront of creative endeavour in the built environment and development industry. One of London’s longest-running co-working spaces, Alan Baxter’s Cowcross Street buildings are home to Future of London and many other built-environment, non-profit and creative SMEs as well as the practice itself.

Involvement with FoL: Alan Baxter supports us through discounted rent, based on Future of London’s contribution to the community, and by supporting recruitment and networking within its community of 70+ organisations.

 

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Company bio: New London Architecture is an independent forum for discussion, debate and information about architecture, planning, development and construction in the capital. Their core mission is to bring people together to shape a better city. A busy year-round programme of events, research and exhibitions examines all issues affecting London’s built environment and attracts all those with a stake in the future of the city – politicians, professionals and the public.

Involvement with FoL: Future of London and NLA have contra memberships, and work to dovetail programmes to avoid duplication and maximise benefit for our members. NLA also calls on FoL Chief Executive Lisa Taylor to chair sessions at the Big DebateMIPIM, the London Real Estate Forum and NLA’s Breakfast Seminars.