Future leaders pitch health and housing proposals

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From retrofit home user guides and active travel incentives to affordable solutions for overheating homes, our Future London Leaders delivered fresh ideas for designing health into homes and neighbourhoods. 

Where you live plays a huge role in your health. Social circumstances account for over 50% of health while clinical care only accounts for 20%, according to the Institute of Health Equity. The rising cost of living and related fuel poverty, and growing awareness of damp-related illness have highlighted stark health inequalities in London’s housing.

But where you live goes beyond just the roof over your head, to the places and neighbourhoods around it. The entire built environment has an impact on health, both physical and mental, through its influence on people’s activity levels, travel patterns and social connectivity.

 

In this context, the latest Future London Leaders (FLL36) cohort has spent six months exploring the theme of health and housing. They heard from public health experts and went on field trips across the capital. For their final project, they presented their own original ideas for making London a healthier, more equitable city.

We launched the Health & Housing Impact Network to help built environment and public health professionals work together to address urban health inequalities. Join the network mailing list to hear about events and network outputs here.

All the proposals and the winners voted by the audience

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Winners: Pablo Guijarro Eguinoa, Chanelle Farrell and Sophie Beagles

Favourite Idea

EveryBody Travels
Pablo Guijarro Eguinoa – Associate (Urban Designer/Architect), Prior + Partners

Active travel is key in providing a well-connected urban environment and will play a crucial role in improving the health of Londoners. Yet, are we designing active travel only for the able-bodied? Research demonstrates that the recommended walking distance without rest is 50-150m for mobility-impaired people. Pausing is an essential part of moving for many, who cannot participate in our streets due to a lack of resting places. This proposal explores an integrated way of defining sitting locations, evolving from the current inconsistent provision to a consolidated city-wide approach. It aims to set criteria at different scales for defining resting areas along a route, provide tools which enable locating them easily and offer solutions where space is limited, such as involving local businesses for the inclusion of public seating along shopfronts.

Most Feasible

The Significance of “S” in Community Health and Wellness: A Holistic Approach to 20-Minute Neighborhoods
Chanelle Farrell – Socio-economic Manager, LB Haringey

This proposal aims to address urgent social inequalities by establishing integrated multi- agency hubs within council-owned estates, utilising UKSPF, NCIL funding and S106 contributions. Targeting Northumberland Park as a pilot location, these hubs will offer a comprehensive range of services to foster collaboration and mitigate significant socio- economic disparities. By refurbishing existing buildings or creating satellite hubs in underserved spaces like car parks and garages, the project will foster a collaborative neighbourhood approach.  Overseen by a Coordinator and specialist navigators, the hub support services to monitor socio-economic factors such as health habits, financial stability, and job skill growth.

Best Pitch

From Garages to Pramsheds: Creating new social infrastructure on London’s Housing Estates
Sophie Beagles – Head of Regeneration, Investment & Jobs, LB Ealing

Over the past 5 years, there has been a growing shift in how we approach the renewal of Housing Estates across London. More Councils are edging towards a ‘refurbishment-first’ approach and the Mayor of London has committed to putting existing residents at the heart of any proposals. But any renewal must be about more than just housing. Through two case studies, I propose that councils and communities can work together to re-imagine ancillary spaces on these estates as new social infrastructure. From garages to pramsheds, there lies a wealth of latent space with the potential to foster social equality and community cohesion.

Download all the Proposals for London summaries here.

Congratulations to all Future London Leaders 36 candidates (+ one bonus presenter!) and welcome to the Alumni Network! 

  • Sophie Beagles, Head of Regeneration, Investment & Jobs, LB Ealing
  • Adam Bevan, Procurement Category Manager and Sustainability Lead, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing
  • Rebecca Burden, Development Plans Manager, LB Camden
  • Joe Chandler, Architect, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Ben Charlton, New Business Manager, L&Q
  • Caitlin Colquhoun, Planning Paralegal, Southwark Law Centre
  • Sarah Cook, Strategic Urban Design Coordinator, LB Redbridge
  • Chanelle Farrell, Socio-economic Manager, LB Haringey
  • Pablo Guijarro Eguinoa, Associate (Urban Designer/Architect), Prior + Partners
  • Hannah Harris, Head of Spatial Planning, RB Kingston
  • Rachel Hearn, Design Principal, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Daniele Massetti, Project Manager, LB Southwark
  • Shiraj Miah, Operations Manager, Gateway Housing
  • Catherine Slade, Deputy Planning Manager – Majors, LB Waltham Forest
  • Sal Waheed, Head of Property – Estates, LB Barnet

Thank you to all the FLL36 mentors for their time, energy and insight: 

  • Ciron Edwards, Director, Kanda Consulting
  • Robbie Erbmann, Assistant Director – Housing, LB Haringey
  • Michael Forrester, Head of Development Management, LB Lewisham
  • Meera Bedi, Head of New Build, Barnet Homes
  • Jonathan Goldstraw, Senior Project Director, Hyde Housing
  • John Ryan, Chief Executive, Oxford House in Bethnal Green
  • Liz Skelland, Head of Programme, Health and Care Space Newham
  • Hamish Kilford-Brown
  • Justin Laskin, Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Andrew Caruso, Director, Urban Solutions, Hatch
  • Karen Barke, Managing Consultant , Inner Circle Consulting
  • Mike Kiely, Planning Consultant and Director, Planning & Regeneration Ltd
  • AnneMarie Fenlon, Managing Director – NW London, Peabody
  • Tom Cardis, Director of Planning (Interim), Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation
  • Sara Hanrahan, Partner, Lewis Silkin
  • Katherine Hosea, Head of Development, London Legacy Development Corporation

Find out more about the Future London Leaders programme here. 

Thanks to Urbancanda for continuing to deliver first-class leadership modules and to programme supporters SEC Newgate for hosting the event. Future London Leaders is sponsored by Devonshires.