We’re once again under national lockdown restrictions and mostly living, working and playing within our local areas. This behaviour could be a short-term reaction to the new measures except there is now growing evidence of longer-term trends and an emerging form of localism. An alumni-led discussion, chaired by FoL board member Lucy Webb, explored how city makers should respond.
The future of high streets and town centres is not a new topic, but one that has certainly been brought into much sharper focus in recent months because of Covid-19. Adding to longstanding questions over the future of bricks and mortar retail and how this impacts high street footfall, uncertainty resulting from lockdown, social distancing, changes to working patterns and planning system reform are now thrown into the mix.
Although the UK’s Build to Rent sector has been slow to get going, in Q1 2019 it represented 21% of all residential starts and was scaling at a rate comparable to the student housing boom of the noughties. FoL convened a roundtable to discuss the current landscape and future of Build to Rent. Could it ever become the tenure of choice for Londoners?
Ing Media provided a small group of FoL alumni with an engaging workshop on media and messaging, including practical tips for working with the media, taking some of the group to task through recorded mock interviews on their projects. Ing Media’s tips can help navigate numerous situations such as meetings, job interviews and public presentations, providing vital tools to boost confidence and personal impact.