Spotlight: Crossrail impact tops predictions; more to come

Borough input emphasises planning, placemaking, leadership Crossrail’s potential is just coming to the fore, according to a GVA report produced with input from Future of London. The Elizabeth line, a.k.a. Crossrail, will bring new rail service to stations in 12 London boroughs, linking Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east to Heathrow in the … [Read more...]

Fresh approaches to older people’s housing: Insights from overseas

Our latest guest Spotlight is from Matt Lally, Associate Director at Arup. A specialist in urban planning and placemaking, Matt recently returned from an assignment in Sydney where Arup colleagues have been developing an Index for Age Friendly Cities. Following a great presentation at our roundtable on the middle market in older people’s housing, … [Read more...]

Making the Case for Place report launch

Placemaking is a malleable term, open to interpretation. Whether it’s physical design characteristics, land values, job creation, biodiversity, new amenities or simply a sense of well-being, people assign different values to areas. Everyone knows a good place when they’re in one, but there’s no magic ingredient or singular approach. Future … [Read more...]

Placemaking field trip: South Kilburn

The South Kilburn estate is home to LB Brent’s highest concentration of social housing – around 3/4 of homes are in public ownership – and one of the highest in London. Regeneration plans have targeted the estate since it received New Deal for Communities funding in 1999. Currently underway, redevelopment will provide 2,400 new homes by 2023 along … [Read more...]

Alan Cherry Debate & Awards celebrate placemaking

There was a full house at the Alan Cherry Debate & Placemaking Awards on 1st November, testament to the relevance of the topic, respect for the Countryside founder and programme namesake, and the draw of a good view and a chance to catch up with peers. The event included a lively debate on how to measure the impact of regeneration – timely … [Read more...]

Devons Road & St Paul’s Way placemaking field trip

LB Tower Hamlets has the fastest growing and one of the youngest populations in the UK. Young people can be challenging to engage, but several local organisations are succeeding, using digital engagement, education, training and design programmes to involve young people in projects relating to local placemaking and employment. On 26 September, we … [Read more...]

All-Network Highlights from City Hall

Take the Speaker Diversity Pledge here & join London’s top organisations! 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, … [Read more...]

Placemaking field trip: Rye Lane

Peckham is one of the UK’s most diverse neighbourhoods and one of London’s fastest-changing areas. The growth of creative industries over the last decade has helped shift Peckham’s reputation. It’s also shifting the mix of residents and businesses as well as intensifying activity in this busy, well-connected town centre. On 26 July, we visited Rye … [Read more...]

28 June placemaking conference

Our 2017 placemaking programme is in full swing: we’ve held a debate, roundtable and workshop; several field trips across London; and our 28 June conference, our largest event to  date. The full-day conference, sponsored by Countryside Properties, Lendlease, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Arup and Regeneris, looked at the value of … [Read more...]

Placemaking field trip: Thamesmead

With two housing zones, a committed DLR extension, a Crossrail station, over £1bn of investment and a place within the GLA’s Thames Estuary Production Corridor, Thamesmead appears set to overturn its negative reputation linked to the perceived failures of post-war planning. Previous Future of London programmes have reviewed estate renewal and … [Read more...]