Smarter Cities: Infrastructure

As London grows, its infrastructure is coming under strain. New infrastructure is needed to help deliver homes, move people around and improve the environment, and in a context of rapid change up-to-date information is vital for making informed decisions about large-scale investment. Speakers at our second Smarter Cities workshop on 28 September … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Delivery workshop

Smart Cities are a hot topic, with great potential to address intractable urban problems through innovation – and with all hype and uncertainty that come with new areas of endeavour. Getting started with smart-city technologies and systems can seem overwhelming, but there are good reasons to engage. Join us as we continue our Smarter Cities … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Delivery

Creative approaches marked second Delivery Models roundtable Delivery was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s second roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Oak Foundation, and hosted by Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Investment and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Town Centres

Smart Cities can be a slippery concept, meaning different things to different people. At the heart of smart cities discussions is the idea that by using new technologies we can improve the way we build our cities and delivery services to residents. On 7th September, we held the first in a series of workshops designed to explore what Smarter … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Tackling unconscious bias in the workplace

  Our latest Spotlight is a guest post is from Alexandra Alexander, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Clarion Housing Group. Following a great session on unconscious bias at a recent Notting Hill Housing BAME event, Alexandra has summarised the content into a blog post that we are excited to share. Unconscious bias is something that … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Infrastructure workshop

Smart Cities are a hot topic, with great potential to address intractable urban problems through innovation – and with all hype and uncertainty that come with new areas of endeavour. Getting started with smart-city technologies and systems can seem overwhelming, but there are good reasons to engage. Join us as we continue our Smarter Cities … [Read more...]

Leaders Plus 4: Proposals for London

Leaders Plus Round 4 wrapped up on 12 July with ‘Proposals for London’, a series of ground-breaking interventions inspired by the cohort's case study: Deptford, LB Lewisham. The final task before graduation, the presentations combined original research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience. The audience included mentors, FoL board … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Build to Rent: Executive Summary

‘Build to Rent’ housing designed and managed specifically for private renters is on the rise in London – there were four times as many private rented sector (PRS) schemes in development at the end of 2016 than in the previous seven years.[ref]Molior (2016) Q3 PRS Research (membership required to access)[/ref] In January 2017, Future of London … [Read more...]

Workspace matching event, 5 Oct

Future of London's 2016 Workspace that Works programme showed that SME workspace is vital to bringing life to London's communities, generating innovation, sustaining local economies, and supporting skills development. Co-working space is now one of London’s most active property sectors, and finding the right partner – for the space, tenure, … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Business rates and regeneration

London generates around 30% of national business rates income, despite being home to only 16% of the country’s businesses.[ref]London Councils, Self-sufficient local government: 100% Business Rates Retention[/ref] The tax – paid by businesses, based on the value of the property they occupy – has traditionally been collected by local government … [Read more...]