Completed projects

Our projects cover critical issues for the built environment sector with practical guidance for urban practitioners. You can read the reports and event write-ups of recent projects below or visit our publications catalogue. An A-Z of all completed Knowledge projects is here.

Affordable Housing: Overcoming crisis through collaboration

Collaboration in finance, community involvement and retrofit are all ways out of the housing crisis. When we launched our project in 2022, the sector faced high construction costs; a skills shortage, and the retrofit challenge. During the 12-month project, we added a cost-of-living crisis and growing concern about unsafe housing. The final report makes the case for cross-sector collaboration with examples of innovative practice.

Leading through Crisis

The pandemic and the conflict in Europe has thrown a spotlight on leadership. The ability to make the right decisions and instil confidence in both the public and partners is under intense scrutiny. Our series of in-person roundtables brought together leaders to share their advice for navigating through tumultuous times, with write-ups extracting the key points.

Designing in Diversity

We must do more to create inclusive spaces as the inequalities gap is a rising global phenomenon. The urban environment plays a critical role by influencing access to housing, transport, shops, jobs, outdoor space and education. Our programme looked at the design of physical spaces and organisational cultures that support designing in diversity and inclusion.

People, Place and Community

Covid-19 has thrown a spotlight on the power of social and neighbourhood networks. It has changed how we experience both private and public space and, for some, has meant spending a lot more time locally. FoL’s 2020 project will investigate the role that both people and place play in creating community and will explore how London’s built environment sector can help forge and maintain a sense of belonging in new builds and existing neighbourhoods.

Achieving Net Zero

The transition to a zero carbon London will impact all aspects of urban life: from the design and planning of the homes and neighbourhoods and the infrastructure we build. to the frequency and mode by which we travel, and the commodities and waste we produce. Built environment professionals have a key role to play in leading this transition and this project will explore what this means on the ground, sharing insight, innovation and best practice.

Better Use of Public Assets

Many public-sector organisations tend to focus on the short term when developing property asset strategies. Increasing financial pressure forces them to prioritise a quick sale or lease at market rates over the long-term social and economic value. Read our report on creating social value for communities by transforming under-used public buildings.

Building Recovery

This major Covid-related project shared successful approaches to tackling the equity gap from across the capital, as well as other UK and overseas cities. Linking to London’s recovery missions, themes included: upskilling for green and growth industries, affordable homes, public space, transport, and culture and the arts in London and beyond.

Paying For 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.

Workspace for All panel, past projects

Building Resilient Workspaces

This half-day conference examined the state of the market, what value workspaces can play beyond desks for hire, implications of the GLA’s pilot accreditation scheme and, most importantly, how to deliver resilient workspaces that work for London’s future.

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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 showcased innovative schemes involving waterways and the strategies, policies and partnerships delivering them.

community-led housing in high barnet, past projects

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 helped them understand and effectively respond to the needs of community groups seeking to deliver homes.

social value, past projects

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 gave practitioners a platform to share experiences, equipping London’s public sector to establish effective procurement practices that deliver demonstrable, social benefit for Londoners.

Classroom, past projects

Knowledge Hub

FoL worked 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 helped refine the direction for the Hub.

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Overcoming London’s Barriers

Future of London’s major 2018 project addressed two typ 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 explored how impacts are assessed, showcase effective solutions, and create practical recommendations.

City Business Library, past projects

Workspace for all

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

housing delivery models

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.

workspace that works

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.

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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.

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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.

managing exposure to climate change

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.

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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.