Housing Delivery Models: Direction

A cross-sector approach – including communities – is the only way to make the most of the housing delivery models now available Housing demand is huge, the mechanisms to build it exist, and there is investment in search of projects. So how do we get delivery moving? Land value and slow land release are underlying challenges, but two years of … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Infrastructure

As London grows, its infrastructure is coming under increasing strain. New infrastructure is needed to help deliver homes, move people around and improve the environment, and in a context of rapid change, up-to-date information is vital for making informed decisions about large-scale investment. Speakers at FoL's 28 Sept Smarter Cities workshop … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Delivery

Creative approaches marked second Delivery Models roundtable Delivery was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s second roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Oak Foundation, and hosted by Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Investment and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [Read more...]

All-Network Highlights from City Hall

Future of London issued a call to action on future leadership and celebrated the #DiversityPledgeLDN at our second all-network meet-up at City Hall. The 25th Sept event marked the first anniversary of the Diversity Pledge, which over 100 entities have now joined, representing thousands of member organisations and individuals. It was also a … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Investment

Sector leaders call for London debt-and-equity fund & investment education for councils Investment was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s first roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Delivery and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [Read more...]

Making housing delivery models work

Cross-sector partnerships are on the rise again in the quest to deliver housing and regeneration more effectively. The emphasis now is on structures that give councils more control and help them retain assets for long-term revenue, but most models, from joint ventures through council-owned companies to new tenures and types, are relatively new; … [Read more...]

Future London Leaders 14: Proposals for London

Future London Leaders Round 14 wrapped on 15th March with 'Proposals for London' about placemaking in London, tying in with our 2017 placemaking programme. The final task before graduation, this was an invitation to combine research with out-of-the-box thinking and personal experience. In addition to leadership skills sessions, … [Read more...]

Brexit update: Resilience, lobbying key

Future of London’s second cross-sector Brexit briefing was understandably more sobering than our first, on 15th July. As keynote Tony Travers said both times, early impacts were not as dire as expected – in part because, as Bilfinger GVA’s Gerry Hughes noted, Brexit is not a debt-led crisis like 2008, and because, as both Travers and … [Read more...]

Estate Renewal: Strategy, Community, Delivery

As far-reaching central government housing policies start to take effect, London interests are marshaling arguments and pleas ahead of the mayoral election. Add Lord Heseltine's Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel, and this is the ideal time to act. Specifically, this is the ideal time for London’s housing providers – boroughs, builders, housing … [Read more...]

Town Centres summary highlights attitudes over assets

The summary of Future of London’s summer conference, Creating Resilient Town Centres, is now online. Speakers gave insight into topical case studies along with strategies and best practice for reinforcing, rethinking and reinventing town centres – old and new, large and small. What emerged as we assembled the summary was that the … [Read more...]