The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has undertaken to create a low-cost housing developer to deliver new homes at pace, with control over the design and mix of housing, on land owned by the GLA and associated organisations. His manifesto commits to building 10,000 homes during his next term, and “to support safe modern methods of construction (MMC) such as modular housing, including looking at City Hall backing for a new MMC factory or logistics hub in our city”.
But what is the public sector's track record for delivering at scale? Can it build at such volume and create diverse, mixed, vibrant and enduring communities? And will these homes be built to last?
Join this event to share insights from London’s municipal entrepreneurs and design experts, and to consider questions such as:
• What levels of home ownership are attainable and how can home ownership be maximised when prices are high?
• How can diversity and inclusion be encouraged in neighbourhoods to create mixed communities that thrive?
• Can the public sector create distinctive and successful places?
• What are the compromises between design appropriate to specific locations and housing manufacture at scale?
• How do the GLA, local authorities and their development companies, and the registered providers all fit together in the mosaic of housing delivery?
• Tom Copley, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Greater London Authority
• Fiona Fletcher-Smith, chief executive, L&Q Group
• Pat Hayes, Managing Director, Be First
• Peter Murray OBE, Chairman, New London Architecture and the London Society
• Luke Tozer, Director, Pitman Tozer Architects
• Chair: Toby Fox, managing director, 3Fox