Growing up, out and in-between

How London grows is critical to the city’s future: its competitiveness, resilience, quality of life, and equity rest on how it unfolds. The Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Investment Plan is grounded in this, considering the systems needed to underpin growth, how they could be delivered, and – importantly – how they could be funded. What form the … [Read more...]

Event: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?

With the Infrastructure Investment Plan heading toward final draft, Future of London offers a brief pause to consider the practical aspects of London’s rapid growth. Do we densify? If so, where, what might that look like, and how do we do it in a useful timespan? Do we make a decisive push through the Green Belt and GLA borders – we do it with … [Read more...]

Crossrail as Catalyst: Realising regeneration around stations

On April 23rd, Future of London launched Crossrail as Catalyst at the King’s Fund. This new report examines how London communities can grasp the regeneration and development potential of Crossrail stations – and of future infrastructure projects. As with any major infrastructure project, part of Crossrail’s promise has been to generate or … [Read more...]

Crossrail, collaboration – and choreography?

Recent headlines have reflected Crossrail’s wide reach: news that nearly half of firms developing around the Crossrail line cited the scheme as justification for construction in their planning applications; the Mayor of London’s awarding of the ‘mini-Holland’ winners; an announcement from London Councils that surface stations will now undergo … [Read more...]

Maximising Crossrail: Is collaboration the catalyst?

Research seminars are a vital component to Future of London’s projects, including our current programme on maximising the regeneration potential around Crossrail stations. Our first seminar for this project focused on practitioners’ experience and insight in receiving Crossrail across the Capital so far. Amongst other issues and opportunities, a … [Read more...]

Crossrail practitioners talk progress, debate process

Practitioners gathered at Arup on January 30th for the first research seminar in our project looking at strategies and best practice for realising regeneration and development around Crossrail stations. This session, dubbed Maximising Crossrail: The experience so far, provided a chance to both follow the research progress and to gain valuable, … [Read more...]

Maximising Crossrail: The experience so far

Construction of Crossrail reached its halfway point last week, a milestone which was ceremoniously marked at the site of Tottenham Court Road station by a team of policymakers including Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Stephen Hammond. As progress continues across the Capital – our Future London Leaders saw Bond Street station’s progress earlier in … [Read more...]

Leveraging Crossrail for local benefit – new FoL research programme

As with any major infrastructure project, part of Crossrail’s promise has been to generate or enhance economic opportunity in the areas it touches, particularly through regeneration around stations. And as with previous rail projects in and around the Capital, results – at least so far – have been mixed. Some communities are seeing direct and rapid … [Read more...]

Cross party dismay at affordable housing policy

Bagehot, the Economist’s political columnist, wrote a piece last week on the convergence of right and left wing political opinion on that controversial matter of affordable housing policy in London.  Compare Boris’s accusation of ‘Kosovo style cleansing’ with shadow work and pensions minister and Westminster North MP Karen Buck’s declaration that … [Read more...]

Andrew Screen on TIF

Andrew Screen, Head of GVA Financial Consulting spoke at our Development and Renewal event on 20 January, about financing infrastructure, including an overview of tax increment financing and a charge over land mechanism that local authorities might want to consider to secure upfront investment in project infrastructure.  After the event we asked … [Read more...]