‘Passing the Torch’ – Guiding regeneration in the Olympic boroughs

London 2012 promised both a successful global sporting event and a regeneration legacy spreading from its Stratford epicentre across London. The Games themselves were rightly seen as an international triumph; the long-term judgement will be based on how well they fulfil their promise to create new communities in East London, and on the wider … [Read more...]

Olympic Legacy – Better in every way?

As a companion to the Future of London 3-2-1 Living Legacies session on Olympic Park regeneration on July 11th, Interim Director Lisa Taylor contributed an article to Baselines London, comparing Montreal's 1976 Olympic legacy to London 2012. No surprise which city comes out on top, but there are one or two parallels worth considering before … [Read more...]

Future of London 3-2-1: Living Legacies

Summer Lecture Series 2013 marks three years since the General Election, two years since the London riots and one year since the Olympic and Paralympic Games. To mark this multiple anniversary, Future of London 3-2-1: Living Legacies looked at how the promise – or threat – implicit in each of these major events is influencing London’s … [Read more...]

Site visit – Olympic Park

Read on for Simon Cavanagh's report of the Future London Leaders visit to the Olympic park on 28 October: "It’s Friday afternoon in late October and I am being driven around the Olympic site with my Future London Leaders colleagues. The experience is strangely akin to the first act of Jurassic Park. Every couple of minutes brings a preview of … [Read more...]

Olympic Park site visit

On a day of dramatic downpours accompanied by thunder and lightening in an otherwise unprecedentedly dry and sunny Spring, Future of London were taken on a tour of the Olympic Park by Stephen Wells, Operations Director of Mace. Mace are part of a partnership delivery vehicle for the Olympic Site called CLM (standing for the three companies … [Read more...]

Digital economy seminar

Today I had the opportunity to hear some lively debate around the subject of the digital economy driving regeneration in the Thames Gateway hosted by Thames Gateway London Partnership (TGLP).  Illustrious names such as Will Hutton and Chairs Lord Falconer, and Chief Executive of TGLP, Ros Dunn, led an informative debate focusing on London and east … [Read more...]

Olympic sights from a rising star

An overcast September afternoon saw about 10 rising stars from across London arrive at the Stratford Olympic Site in Newham. Armed with two forms of identification (strict security controls!), we boarded the designated bus and were whisked away towards the Olympic site. Our guide was Delia Beddis form the Olympic Park Legacy Company, the public … [Read more...]

Sustainable legacies

On Friday, 17th of September the first group of Rising Stars were treated to an informative tour of the Olympic Park site by Delia Beddis from the Olympic Legacy Company and a thought provoking discussion by Dr Simon Bell, whom will be leading the much anticipated Sustainability Masterclass in October.We viewed the construction progress of the … [Read more...]

We’re off to the Olympics

FoL are headed to Stratford to see how things are progressing at Olympic Park. Over the next week, Delia Beddis from the Olympic Park Legacy Company will be taking our Rising Stars around the site, as the case study for their Sustainable Communities Master Class.A few lucky individuals will also be joining us for a tour hosted by Mace. Our Rising … [Read more...]

One in five Olympics jobs taken by local residents

Interesting report from the BBC on the number of local people employed in the construction of the Olympic Park. Whether you think one in five is a respectable figure or not, finding ways of retaining and maximising the economic benefits of the Olympic developments is of critical importance for local and national policymakers, so we can expect … [Read more...]