Focusing on current and emerging issues, FoL produces practical guidance to help urban practitioners navigate the fast pace of change in London, with a focus on regeneration, housing, local economy and infrastructure. Our extensive networks are integral to this, contributing knowledge and experience through events, field trips and case studies.

We are open to project ideas from members, partners and alumni. If there’s a topic you’d like to explore with Future of London, contact Amanda Robinson.

“Future of London listens to its members and has its finger on the pulse. Their research themes consistently tap into London’s built environment zeitgeist. The emphasis on outcomes and practical tools stops debate or research straying too far from home.”

Kieron Hyams, Associate Director, Arup

Current projects

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Water Works: Making the Most of London’s Waterways

London’s biggest Opportunity Areas are located along the city’s rivers, canals and docks, bringing significant waterside development in coming years. Running throughout 2019, this project will showcase innovative schemes involving waterways and the strategies, policies and partnerships delivering them. Read more here.

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Foundations for Community-Led Housing

Community-led housing can deliver genuinely affordable homes, strengthen local networks, promote well-being, deliver social value and cater to the aspirations of a growing number of older Londoners. With a growing number of local authorities keen to encourage community-led housing, this series of workshops and events will help them understand and effectively respond to the needs of community groups seeking to deliver homes. Read more here.

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Social Value in Procurement

There’s appetite among local authorities and housing associations for understanding and requiring social value, but time-poor procurement teams are often overwhelmed with options, and rarely have time to share lessons learned. Through a series of events, this project will give practitioners a platform to share experiences, equipping London’s public sector to establish effective procurement practices that deliver demonstrable, social benefit for Londoners. Read more here.

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Paying For It: Funding Public Projects

Public budgets are shrinking, the EU tap is about to close, and funding sources are changing fast. We need more effective ways to pay for and deliver public projects. Future of London’s 2019 project will review existing and new funding sources, outline implications for each stream, and assess their merits based on real-world experience, expertise and evaluation. Read more here.

Previous projects

Knowledge Hub

FoL is working with GLA Skills & Employment, Rocket Science and the ERSA on the consultation for a new Skills & Employment Knowledge Hub for Londoners. A resource for policymakers, employers, training providers and learners, user input is key to making the hub a success. Read more here.

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Overcoming London’s Barriers

Future of London’s major 2018 project will address two types of barriers: physical severance such as road-, rail- and waterways, and artificial boundaries such as borough borders and the ‘red lines’ that delineate estates or opportunity areas. We’ll explore how impacts are assessed, showcase effective solutions, and create practical recommendations. Read more here.

Workspace for all

To coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018, Future of London and LB Hackney will spotlight diversity and inclusion in the workplace at Hackney House on 14 November. We’re inviting public and private landowners and workspace providers to an afternoon of seminars and networking exploring current and emerging challenges in workspace provision. Read more here 

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Ageing Cities

As the fastest-growing demographic in the capital, older people will have a huge impact on London’s future. Future of London identified best practice, innovation and practical recommendations for creating healthy environments for ageing. Read more here.

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Smarter Cities

Future of London’s Smarter Cities project helped London’s regeneration and built environment professionals navigate the hype of ‘smart city’ technology to take practical steps towards setting up and managing projects which respond to their short-, medium- and long-term priorities. Read more here.

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Crossrail as Catalyst

Commissioned by GVA as part of their work on land value increases around Crossrail stations, Future of London interviewed local authorities, housing associations, and business improvement districts to understand the qualitative impact as Crossrail nears completion. Read more here.

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Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector

London’s private rented sector has potential to adapt to the city’s fast pace of change, but comes with complex challenges and rising costs. Future of London’s three-year project uncovered best practice for fostering a more equitable PRS. Read more here.

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Making the Case for Place

Future of London’s major 2017 programme set out to understand how different stakeholders value the impacts of placemaking and how to foster greater common among their views. Over the year, we brought together over 500 cross-sector individuals through field trips, workshops, roundtables, and a conference and developed a set of guiding principles for built environment professionals doing placemaking schemes. Read more here.

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Making Housing Delivery Models Work for London

This FoL/GVA project takes stock of the housing delivery models councils and the GLA family are using; estimates how many homes and how much affordable housing those are producing; and explores how to share skills and knowledge better, to make the most of these emerging models. Read more here.

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Workspace that Works

Demand for flexible, affordable workspace – including offices, studios, manufacturing, and incubator/accelerator spaces – is increasing. This year-long project gathered insight and best practice for public and private sector organisations seeking to establish workspace in London. Read more here.

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Making the Most of Build to Rent

With London’s housing market in an era of chronic undersupply, both public and private sectors are welcoming build to rent: housing designed and managed specifically for private renters. This project provided an overview of the evolving policy landscape and burgeoning development activity in London. Read more here.

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Priorities for Transport in a Growing London

London’s population growth adds pressure to the transportation network, much of which is nearing capacity. This series of seminars and workshops in autumn 2016 highlighted policy and delivery issues relating to large-, mid-, and small-scale transport schemes ahead of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy being published. Read more here.

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Managing London’s Exposure to Climate Change

Climate change-related events can cause significant damage to a infrastructure, not to mention astronomical repair bills. In London, surface water flooding, overheating, and drought are looming threats, but awareness and ownership of these issues is lacking. Managing London’s Exposure highlights how stakeholders can work together to mitigate and adapt to climate change, avoiding hefty costs and disruption. Read more here.

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The Evolution of London’s Business Improvement Districts

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have become key players in the liveability of this complex city, funding local employment schemes, improving the public realm, and influencing planning and regeneration. This growing influence means BIDs must be accountable and navigate changing relationships – political, contractual and operational. Our BIDs report charts that path with a focus on high street and town centre BIDs. Read more here.