Meet the new recruits improving diversity in the urban sector

The Emerging Talent Programme is now in its third year. Find out why career-starters from ethnic minority backgrounds value the work placement opportunities and peer support. We welcomed the new recruits to our Emerging Talent Programme, who met each other for the first time this week at their induction day. … Read more

Future leaders pitch ideas for making the most of urban assets

From burial sites to net zero, and golf courses to shared outdoor spaces, our Future London Leaders (FLL35) delivered fresh ideas for making the most of our existing urban assets. Leadership programme candidates presented their ideas to an audience of colleagues, mentors, alumni, course contributors, and friends of Future of … Read more

Public sector-focused urban designers join Future of London 

We Made That wants to deliver public good and hold itself to high ethical standards. We talk to the founders about land ownership, “stacked” commercial development and the role of architects. Holly Lewis and Oliver Goodhall set up We Made That as an LLP, determined to make a positive impact … Read more

Developing practical tools for co-production

Following our co-production report last year, Future of London is partnering with the Open University to develop practical engagement tools that will rebuild public trust. Given the public’s lack of trust in regeneration, co-production offers a way to address this head on through power sharing and inclusive approaches. In a first … Read more

Soho Housing joins Future of London to raise resident voices

The housing association is rooted in citizen activism to stop demolition in the 1970s. Now the night-time economy is residents’ number one concern. We met CEO Barbara Brownlee and finance director Jane Harrison to find out why. Barbara Brownlee knows that a development pipeline of 30 properties over five years … Read more

Future of London offers free housing support for boroughs

London boroughs can access free support to maintain their council-led housing development pipeline as financial pressures grow. All London boroughs can now get free support from housing experts as part of the Council-Led Housing Network (CLHN), which was launched in July 2023 with backing from the Mayor of London. As … Read more

Masterplanning and planning specialists join Future of London

Prior + Partners led the masterplanning for several large, complex sites in London, as well as thinking about places on the edge of London. Now, the practice wants to share their experiences with the Future of London network. Prior + Partners has a track record of developing masterplans for complex … Read more

How heritage-led regeneration is transforming Woolwich

In our two-part podcast, Bhavna Brooker takes the Woolwich ferry to visit a major heritage-led regeneration project. How does it balance community identity, housing viability and historic preservation? Woolwich is being transformed through the heritage-led regeneration of the high street and the historic Royal Arsenal site. The government is injecting … Read more

New FoL member on housing development on small sites in Croydon

After leaving Brick by Brick, Chloë Phelps founded an architecture firm committed to tackling London’s housing crisis through community-focused infill. Find out how learning from Croydon informs her work at Grounded. LB Croydon’s development company Brick by Brick is winding down but the expertise from building housing on small sites … Read more

Board member shares experience of Barking and Dagenham regeneration

Caroline Harper joined Be First, the ambitious council-owned company driving regeneration in Barking and Dagenham as Chief Planning Director. Now Deputy Managing Director, she wants to support women in planning and encourage cross-working between the public and private sectors. When Caroline Harper told her private sector colleagues that she was … Read more

How do local authority housing companies deliver new homes?

Local authorities housing companies have ambitious goals. Bhavna Brooker visited a new development by Sixty Bricks to find out more. Local authority housing companies are shaping new approaches to developing homes across London and beyond. Members of our Local Authority Housing Company Network went to see a recently completed scheme … Read more