The future of high streets and town centres is not a new topic, but one that has certainly been brought into much sharper focus in recent months because of Covid-19. Adding to longstanding questions over the future of bricks and mortar retail and how this impacts high street footfall, uncertainty resulting from lockdown, social distancing, changes to working patterns and planning system reform are now thrown into the mix.
Providing community services, space and connections is getting tougher. Historically the domain of churches and temples and technically a council responsibility, this key element of local support relies on vulnerable funding – and lots of good will. Local trusts have been delivering that support for decades, and it may be time for them to play a bigger role.
This is a guest post from Harry Knibb, Principal Consultant for Sustainable Places, WSP, as part of Future of London’s Workspace for All event. Our climate is changing, resources are finite, society is becoming older, lonelier and facing new health challenges, and technology is evolving at a faster rate than ever … Read more
Co-working spaces, accelerators, incubators, makerspaces and artist studios are essential to London’s start-up and creative communities. Demand for shared and affordable workspace is high and the industry is enjoying fast growth. Future of London is a longstanding champion of SME workspace. Its Workspace That Works programme reached 200+ cross-sector organisations through … Read more