Report: Pandemic recovery is an opportunity to create fairer cities

London’s built environment sector shows how to use pandemic recovery as an opportunity to create fairer cities

Future of London (FoL) – the capital’s network for the built environment sector – has today unveiled its Building Recovery Recommendations report, containing strong, practical actions that the sector can take to create a more inclusive city through its pandemic recovery. Covid-19 brought inequalities sharply into focus in the UK, and this report puts forwards positive examples of how London is tackling this issue in five key areas: housing, public space, culture, transport, and skills.

Over the past year, FoL has conducted research with hundreds of professionals across housing, regeneration, infrastructure and development who are working to promote fairness. To address inequalities, the report calls for practitioners to:

  1. Lean on the open door – harness the current appetite for change that the focus on inequalities has prompted, and speak to other senior leaders about changing the way we work in the long term.
  2. Maintain momentum – the pandemic demonstrated the ability to adopt a radical change in pace, which we can use in our work to address urban inequalities.
  3. Focus on communities first – radically change our engagement processes to work with communities as equals.
  4. Celebrate successes – addressing inequalities will not happen overnight, and in order to be able to retain momentum and positivity we need to mark achievements when we’ve taken a step forward, no matter how small.
  5. Be accountable – there are practical actions we can all take to make a difference in the built environment sector; commit yourself to having an impact on fairness through your work.

‘This report comes at a critical time for cities. Covid highlighted the extent of inequalities in the capital and beyond – but also showed how fast we can make an impact. Our Building Recovery Recommendations report has real, achievable examples of how we can all make a difference to the lives of Londoners, and has highlighted the commitment of the built environment sector to building a fairer society’ said Nicola Mathers, Chief Executive of Future of London.

The report builds on FoL’s Building Recovery Insights report, published in summer 2021, that showcased findings from events and research involving a range of voices across the built environment, synthesising key challenges London faced following the Covid crisis. Download the full report now.

The Building Recovery programme was sponsored by Arup, Countryside, Lewis Silkin, Montagu Evans, Mount Anvil and Pollard Thomas Edwards. Find out more about the programme.


Download the full report

CONTACT: For queries, please contact Fran Lord, Head of Communications & Engagement.

ABOUT FUTURE OF LONDON: Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 5,000+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders.

Check out the videos from our report launch


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