CONFERENCE | Making the Most of London’s Waterways

Development around London’s waterways is surging, putting pressure on waterside spaces to cater to diverse uses – living, leisure, commuting, freight – while safeguarding the environment. At the same time, fragmented ownership and management of waterways bring a host of governance challenges. Throughout 2019, Future of London’s major project, Making the Most of London’s Waterways, is taking a deep dive into strategies, policies and partnerships to better manage competing demands and ensure sustainable growth around the city’s rivers, canals, docks, and other water spaces.

Linked to this project, Future of London’s full-day conference on 20 June will bring together our cross-sector network to share practical approaches to enhancing waterways and waterside spaces as well as managing competing demands – with a view to highlighting lessons which can be applied individually or strategically across any city.

The day will include:

  • Spotlights on London’s lost rivers, valuing waterways, and reflections on regeneration of London’s waterways
  • Senior panel discussions on the potential of waterways, managing demand, and putting lessons from the day into practice
  • A session showcasing international approaches
  • Proposals for London from FLL21
  • Workshops and walkabouts to the Thames
  • Breakout sessions on working with communities – including London’s growing boating community – and access & inclusion
  • Contributors from other UK cities
  • A tasty buffet lunch and opportunities for networking

Speakers and Chairs

In keeping with FoL’s effort to help diversify urban debate, we mix recognised experts with fresh voices for a lively combination of strategic nous and front-line experience. A list of confirmed speakers and chairs is below, with more to be unveiled in coming weeks.

Opening address: Tom Bolton, author of London’s Lost Rivers
Andrew Beharrell,
Senior Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Dr Paul Brickell
, Director, LLDC
Mathew Frith, Director of Conservation, London Wildlife Trust
Søren Hansen, Project Director, Ramboll
Stuart Howie, Head of Regeneration, Avison Young
Debbie Leach, Chief Executive, Thames 21
Robbie Parks, PhD Candidate, Imperial
Sowmya Parthasarathy, Associate Director, Arup
Jim Trimmer, Director of Planning and Environment, Port of London Authority
Blossom Young, Head of Operations, Poplar HARCA
Dima Zogheib, Associate, Arup


Future of London members
Future of London partners
Third sector, charities, community groups
Public sector (non-FoL members)
Private sector (non-FoL partners)

Register your interest here.

We aim to confirm places within a week of your registration. Paying guests will be asked at that time to provide invoicing details.


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