Hard Choices — How much should the nation spend on building new homes?
A £20 billion ‘brick wall’ stands in the way of the government’s ambition to deliver its promise of building 300,000 homes a year in England, according to a new report for London First by leading economics consultancy Volterra.
Roadmap to 5G
For London to lead the digital revolution it needs fast, reliable, and universal mobile and broadband connectivity. London First and Mobile UK, with the help and expertise of Gowling WLC, have come together to explore how to improve digital roll-out in London. We have focused on setting out what operators, London’s government and boroughs need to do improve digital connectivity
Crossrail — 40 Years in the Making
The significance of the Elizabeth line will quickly be taken for granted by commuters racing to and from the office and visitors to London but it stands as a permanent reminder of what a world city can – and should – do if consensus is built to galvanise mere ambition.
An Employment and Skills Action Plan for London
For the first time, business leaders across London’s sectors have come together to analyse detailed evidence on current and future labour market challenges and put in place a
comprehensive and cross-cutting Employment and Skills Action Plan for London.
Growing Together — Cities and regions collaborating on shared priorities
The UK’s cities and regions compete fiercely for jobs and investment. But they also collaborate widely, taking advantage of clusters of industry excellence. Four business groups are committing to work more closely with each other to ensure the regions are better connected, share learning and grow together post-Brexit.
Skills Commission Consultation
London First established the London Employment and Skills Commission to tackle London’s skills crisis head on. This consultation report sets out our proposed employment and skills action plan for London — what is required of business, and government.
The new London Plan; a London First perspective
We have set out our recommendations for amendments and key changes to the Draft London Plan on a number of strategic and detailed policies; we believe these recommendations will enable the Plan to better achieve its strategic growth targets and to ultimately deliver more homes and jobs.
Everything you need to know about build to rent in London
This report provides an overview of why build to rent is relevant to London and the many housing challenges the city faces, the benefits that such development can bring such as helping to increase housing supply, and an explanation of key issues that boroughs will need to consider when thinking about build to rent schemes in their areas.
Seizing the Opportunities- a new approach for transforming London
We have brought together practitioners and consulted widely to consider why London has struggled to transform many of its Opportunity Areas and similar locations into productive places. We identify what is needed to help accelerate progress to create great places to live and work, at pace, volume, quality and affordability for the long-term success of London.
Not just a pretty place — placemaking study 2017
Successful development is not simply a matter of building more homes and offices, and regeneration cannot be best imposed from above. This placemaking study summarises the views of London’s business community, in a series of recommendations based on collective experience and case studies.
Unlocking London’s Residential Density
Exploring how a new approach to daylight and sunlight guidance for dense urban environments is one of the key components to achieving a significant
increase in housing and maintaining good quality amenity.
Facing Facts: the impact of migrants on London, its workforce and economy
A first of its kind analysis of the role of migration on London’s economy published by London First and PwC. ‘Facing Facts: the impact of migrants on London, its workforce and economy’ draws on a comprehensive range of information, including detailed ONS Labour Force Survey data.
Estate Regeneration — more and better homes for London
The report considers what more can be done to support the physical regeneration process to help deliver, amongst other objectives, more new homes where this has been selected as the best option. It highlights three key issues that must be addressed to support a new wave of regeneration, setting out a series of key considerations on each.
London 2026 — the capital’s place in the UK economy
This report takes an optimistic look ahead at London’s future; if we get the industrial policies right we can continue to create high skilled jobs at the rate we were before Brexit. It explores what that future will look like in order to better prepare for it, playing into the government’s industrial strategy.