Woodside Square: design and downsizing

Friday the 8th of December found us on site at Woodside Square, Muswell Hill. The development is a joint venture partnership between Hanover and Hill, designed by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards. Hanover specialise in homes for the over 55s, seeking to promote downsizing by offering quality alternatives. In London, 54% of older homeowners … [Read more...]

Ageing Cities: London

As the fastest-growing demographic in the capital, older people will have a huge impact on the future of London. By 2035, the number of over-60s in London is expected to increase to almost two million; a 48% jump. The number of over-80s is set to rise by 70%. The built environment has a huge impact on the experience of ageing, affecting those who … [Read more...]

Addressing the middle market in older people’s housing

The middle market for older people’s housing is significant and largely untapped. Innovation in this space requires a host of interventions, including a better understanding of need, a shift in consumer attitudes, clarity of the offer, a sector with a unified voice and policy and legislative changes. Future of London's latest Ageing Cities … [Read more...]

Ageing Cities: health and the built environment

Healthy placemaking is an essential part of delivering age-friendly cities, but it requires robust cross-sector collaboration. Planning can improve public health by promoting active travel, enhancing air quality, delivering and protecting open space. Social isolation, a key issue for our ageing population, can be reduced by supporting social … [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...]

Workspace that Works: Hackney Wick and Fish Island visit

Hackney Wick and Fish Island (HWFI) have the highest density of artists’ workspace in the UK, and are expected to provide a significant amount of the employment space in the Olympic Park area. Situated along the River Lea and adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the areas are in neighbouring boroughs (Hackney and Tower Hamlets), and since … [Read more...]

Estate Renewal: making the case for London

As the Housing Bill moves through Parliament, the Heseltine Estate Regeneration Panel gears up and the mayoral election looms, 60 of London's most experienced housing providers have come together to agree the most serious obstacles to estate renewal in the capital, and the best ways to overcome them. Through January and February, … [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...]

Delivering Estate Renewal: Packington site visit

The Packington Estate, in the east of LB Islington, is around half way through an eight-year, six-phase redevelopment programme. As part of Future of London’s ongoing programme, Delivering Estate Renewal, we visited the estate on 15th October to check in on the progress of this acclaimed project. Built in the 1960s, in 2004 Islington council … [Read more...]

Delivering Estate Renewal: Packington

As part of Future of London’s ongoing programme, Delivering Estate Renewal, we will be visiting the Packington Estate in LB Islington on 15th October to check in on the progress of this acclaimed eight-year project. Built in the 1960s, in 2004 Islington council took the decision to redevelop the estate after discovering structural flaws. After … [Read more...]