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...]

London – A city full of challenges and opportunities

This guest blog has been provided by Andrew Dorrian, a recent graduate of Future London Leaders Round 6. This post draws on the research behind his group's Key Questions presentation, a culminating element of the FLL programme. All views below are personal. London is growing at a phenomenal rate. The old adages of a tube full of people arriving … [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...]

New anthology – London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution

In Spring 2013, Future of London began looking at transport planning in London, and at how it can adapt to changes in demographics and urban form, and influence sustainable travel choices. In partnership with Transport for London, we ran a three-part seminar series – ‘London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution’ – that examined adapting to … [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...]

Forecasting Infrastructure Funding

With London’s population likely to hit 10 million by 2030, the GLA, TfL and London boroughs face increased pressure to expand their infrastructure to meet demand. The Mayor is currently working on an infrastructure plan for London, due in Spring 2014, which will outline what infrastructure is needed and how it will be provided. The key question is: … [Read more...]