At a lecture at the London School of Economics Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London launched City Hall's Good Growth by Design programme and announced the appointment of Founding Director Tom Holbrook as one of his Design Advocates to help steer the programme.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched his Good Growth by Design programme to enhance the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners. In a major speech at the London School of Economics, the Mayor spoke of his vision for the future of London as the city’s population heads towards 10 million peopleIn his first major intervention on this topic, the Mayor is calling on London’s architectural, design and built environment professions to help realise his vision of London as a city that is socially and economically inclusive as well as environmentally sustainable.
London needs to provide space for 46,000 new jobs and build 50,000 new homes a year just to keep up with demand, as well as build the social infrastructure to support both. Good Growth will enable this, leaving a legacy of world-class buildings, outstanding public realm and large-scale regeneration for Londoners of the future.
The Good Growth by Design programme will:
- Set ambitious design standards.
- Apply these standards and undertake rigorous design reviews.
- Increase capacity by launching a new social enterprise - ‘Public Practice’ - that will plug the skills gap in local authorities.
- Support diversity to tackle the under-representation of women and people from minority groups in the built environment professions.
- Use open procurement processes such as design competitions to seek the highest standards for public projects.
- Lead by example, with the Greater London Authority being champions of good growth by advocating best practice to support success across the sector.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “My vision for London is a city that enables all Londoners to reach their potential, a city that is inclusive and a city where growth brings benefits to communities.